"This grief is my greatest need for a deep, personal and abiding relationship with Jesus." - Unknown
In suffering loss, I know that the hand of the Lord has been upon me.The goodness and faithfulness of the Lord has encouraged me to stay true to Him and put my trust in Him no matter my life circumstances.
Of course, there have been times, when I have wondered what God was doing and fortunately He has not always answered my prayers the way "I" want Him to, because there have been many times, when I have prayed for what I thought I wanted or needed only to find out I was wrong in how and what I was praying for . . . He has protected me from myself time and time again, for which I am eternally grateful.
As I approach my 70's, I realize more and more that the statement on this post is absolutely true . . . "Those who leave EVERYTHING in God's Hand will EVENTUALLY see God's hand in EVERYTHING!" Leaving everything in God's hand, including those things that we think that we should control ourselves, is an important calling on our hearts and lives, and I believe that it requires a childlike and stubborn faith.
As I write this blog today, I am mindful that God watches over me, protects me, teaches me, leads me, guides me, favors me and loves me, and He wants to leave His handprints all over me. I am also troubled by the hatred and chaos that seems to be so prevalent in this sin-sick world today, and the way people selfishly live their lives with little or no real compassion or genuine concern or love for one another. But, I am also at peace because I know who is in control and as long as I continue to put my hope and trust in Him alone, no matter what is going on in the world, I will be at peace.
"Then He put His hands on her and immediately she straightened up and praised God." -Luke 13:13
"When we fret, worry and grieve, we wring our hands in perplexity and despair. We ball our hands together and clutch them to our chest." -Unknown. In sign language, the sign for grief is two closed hands palm to palm, twisting next to the heart.
When we lift our hands in prayer, reach outward to hug someone, hold a baby, pet an animal, give or accept a gift, we open our hands to the comforting and loving hands of God and others.
Consider laying an open hand on a photo of your beloved child or someone you have loved and lost, and let all the love that you feel for your loved one pour out through your fingertips. Consider opening your hands and your heart to God, He is faithful to comfort us and wants His "handprints all over us!"
With open hands and heart,
Angie "a mom like you"