Psalm 89:13(NLT), “Powerful is your arm; Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.”
I’m not sure how old I was, but I know I was just a little girl as I sat on the floor and looked up to my Daddy and asked him this question, “Why are your hands so big?” I can still hear his voice in my mind as he answered me, “I guess because I’m a big man”. I remember briefly examining my Daddy’s hands once more, before deciding I was satisfied with his answer to my curiosity. For years I’ve managed to remember our short dialogue about his hands. Daddy always worked really hard. He made a living working at a shipyard as a welder, or as he would always say, “a first class welder.” I can still hear the sound of his car starting up early in the morning as he would leave home to drive to work. But even outside of his normal career, he could build and fix things and he was great at repairing cars. He also enjoyed working in the yard. Our grass looked like a nice, plush, green carpet and everyone admired it. My favorite thing that him and I did together is when we would spend time listening to gospel quartet groups like the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Gospel Keynotes. I still listen to some of those same songs today and instantly it makes me feel close to him and remember the good times we shared. I would prance around joyfully without a care in the world as the music played. There was something special about being in my Daddy’s presence and spending time with him. As a little girl, I didn’t realize it then, but now I know this experience was a forerunner to the much higher joy I have now when I worship in my Heavenly Father’s presence.
Looking back, I can reminisce on the things that my earthly Father’s hands were able to accomplish. He passed away many years ago but I’m truly thankful for all he did. However, my earthly Father’s hands were human hands and human hands have limitations, but oh the strength, the power, and the glory in the supernatural hands of my Heavenly Father! His abilities are unlimited. His love is unmatched. In Isaiah 49:16 (NIV) God the Father says, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” He sees us every time he looks at His hands. And furthermore, our elder brother Jesus says in John 10:29, that no one can snatch us out of His Father’s hand. His Father is our Father and our Father’s love gives us life. I can’t breathe without His love and I’m glad I don’t have to go one day without it. He extended His love before we were born through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Every day I can sense Him watching over me, like a good father always does with his children. No matter how old we are, Daddy God is always there. Most of us have experienced some type of hurt in life, but His Spirit penetrates even the deepest places of our hearts and He heals wounds that we sometimes didn’t even know existed. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
I pray that you will rest in His arms, while letting Him heal any wounds you have, and find peace knowing He watches over you every day and has you engraved in the palms of His hands.
Thank you. I feel safe knowing that Your powerful arm and strong hand carry me always. I’m comforted because I can live each day knowing Your love never ends.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.