Just before saying our goodbyes to Mom we closed the devotional book we had just read from, we grabbed hold of the hand of the one next to us and formed a circle of three right there in her new living room on the main floor of assisted living. My husband led us in prayer and spoke words to God that were meant to lend hope and comfort to this woman going through yet another transition. But it wasn't his words as much as his hands that brought comfort to me. They always do. These hands that are chock full of the gift of helps.
After the amen I said to Mom, "Take hold of his hand again. Do you feel the strength?" I'm not sure why, but I hoped in that moment as he cupped her small, cold, frail hand in his large, warm, strong one that she would find comfort. My husband's hands have always been the epitome of strength to me. They symbolize protection, companionship and friendship.
And then I find this verse from that love letter from God in Isaiah 41:13, "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you." He HOLDS our hand! I am so overwhelmed with this picture of Great God holding my hand because I know firsthand what safety in strong hands feels like, and yet I know the hands of my earthly beloved pale in comparison to my eternal Beloved. Breath sweeps out of my lungs as I walk hand in hand with this One who loves me so deeply. And now I can connect it for my mother. Strong hands like her son-in-laws, or mine, or anyone else's can't replace the strength she used to find in my father's before it was zapped by Alzheimer's and old age, but it doesn't have to because her creator God, her Abba Father HOLDS her hand.
Just this week I shared with you Zephaniah 3:17 and declared in marvel that he SINGS over us!
And so now I am plum out of breath as I am confronted with this unmistakeable fact that my creator holds my hand and sings over me.
He is holding your hand and singing over you as well! Won't you close your eyes and find a picture of this love that your Beloved has for you? Go to that place in your spirit where you can walk hand in hand with Him, and be awestruck by this perfect, perfect love.