One of the first devotionals God ever prompted me to write was about our youngest daughter. “Whose Hands are They in Anyway?” was the title and it revolved around her trying her wings and moving off to Fayetteville with a friend.
That daughter and her family have been living right across the street from us and now they are moving. While we are gone to an event this week-end they will be moving out. When we return home the house across the street will be vacated. Even though they are only moving 20 minutes away, we have had daily access to the grandkids. That will all change. There will be no more quick runs across to the grandparents for hugs, snacks, games and sleepovers. I even have lunch with them several times a week. But while we are gone, things will change drastically. It will be okay. After all these years, with all these changes God has seen us through, this change will be handled by Him as well.
Again this morning God asks me, who’s hands are they in anyway? We must be oh so careful not to cling too tightly. For God has plans for us and God has plans for them. And we must learn a lesson that we keep learning all through our life – trust God. We think we have the trust level down and then another big hurdle comes and the issue surfaces. Are you going to trust Me? God asks me this often. To be sure this is a simple move down the highway a piece. But it could be a mission to Belize. Or a pastorate in Washington state. Wherever it is, both Danny and I and this family of kids has to know that God is with them and He knows what’s going on.
God speaks something new as well. Who’s hands are you in? God has plans for my husband that are going to further the Gospel and bless His life. God has plans for me that are developing and maturing. God has plans for us as a couple that are good and fresh and prosperous. Can I trust Him for me as well as all my children? Can I trust that God knows what He’s doing when things are not going so well just as much as I seem to trust Him when things are rosy and the world is perfect?
Oh beloved! It’s time to declare your place in God’s kingdom. It’s time to shuck off the worry, the what if’s, the why’s and the sorrows. Not only does this magnificent, ever present, inspiring God got the whole world in His hands, He has you in His hands! What a beautiful place to be. Not straggling along behind Him. Not running to try to catch Him. Not performing for attention from Him. No, you are IN His hands! And because you are in His hands you can trust Him today for every single situation. Not a single trial or problem or desperate moment comes to you while you are defenseless, alone or uncared for. No beloved, you are IN HIS HANDS! This truth of your position in Christ is so very important for you to know today. No one can take your position in Christ from you. No one can remove His anointing or His blessing for you are secure in His hands. He may carry you through some rough seas or things that you don’t want to face, but you are going through. Your position of blessing is wonderful no matter what things might look like. Your destiny is spoken for and spoken over by God Himself.
God loves you and He’s for you. Quit rehearsing the sorrow and start rehearsing the Truth! His love never gives up and never runs out. He says you are an overcomer, a victor, a triumphant child of God. You are redeemed, you are destined to live out His plan for your life. You may have to let some things go along the way but God knows what He’s doing and He can be trusted to work things out for you as well as those you love and pray for every single day.
Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
I Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
Isaiah 40:11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
Ephesians 1:11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan.
(hands from pinterest; edited and words added)