The Hands

October 23, 2012
by Julie Bowles

Lamentations 3:41 – Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven. (NKJV)

I joined my husband on a run to the dump to dispose of some spring cleaning from the yard. As we were driving into the dump, I said to him, "Remember that day you saw the doctor at the dump?" He laughed and said. "Yes, I do."

Twenty-one years ago, our second son was born on a clear but cool Wednesday morning. The next day, my husband did a run to the dump to get rid of fall leaves. Much to his surprise, as he looked to his right, there was our doctor — the doctor whose hands, just over twenty-four hours previously, had delivered our son. Now those same hands were throwing garbage into the dump.

As I thought about this, thoughts began to stir in my soul about another pair of hands: the hands of a carpenter whose hands worked with wood and nails. His hands also blessed the little children, healed the people, calmed the raging seas, fed multitudes, and provided comfort to so many. The hands of Jesus were pierced on the cross as He gave His life for our sins, and His hands were spread in blessing as He ascended into heaven, risen and victorious.

Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (NKJV)

John 14:12 – Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (NKJV)

We are called to be His hands and feet to the people we meet each day.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You still continue to calm the raging seas in our lives. Thank You that through Your Spirit, we can be Your hands and feet. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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