Any mom walking through the store with their small child will tell you just how important it is to hold onto that child’s hand. It is important to catch on to just what was said here. Mom holds the hand of the child and not vice verse.
Mom must remain in control if she is to keep the child safe, secure, and out of mischief. That is why you do not allow the child to hold mom’s hand. The child could let go of moms hand and off to the races you go.
Holding hands is also a display of affection. When I think of holding hands I immediately think of a subtle practice my wife, Christy, and I have done.
Specifically is the practice of holding hands during prayers. Whether it is at meals when we ask God’s blessings or at the church worship services when someone else may lead in a prayer. What I like about our holding hands during prayer is I don’t take her hand nor does she take mine. We join our hands together. It’s as if our hands look for each other and join themselves together. The action accurately reflect our whole lives being joined together as one.
Bringing hands together results in joining lives and hearts. That is what Jesus does on the cross of Calvary. He reaches up with one hand and takes hold of the hand of God and with the other reaches down and takes hold of our “willing” hand to join together with God. It’s a picture of reconciliation. The ministry of Jesus is one of reconciliation.
God must be allowed to take our hand, to hold our hand and not us His. God remains in control. It works best that way.
Have you joined hands with God? Are you holding His hand or allowing Him to hold yours? It matters.
Until Next Time,