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Hands–His and Ours

Posted by April W Gardner on August 15, 2012

Last Tuesday was another big day for the Gardner family. We spent it on the road to see yet another doctor for Morgan. This time, it was for her hand—again. None of these issues that crop up with her are fun, but in the grand scheme of things, we’re tremendously blessed. She could have cancer.

Instead, she has a hand that seems to have a mind of its own. The muscles and soft tissue randomly become inflamed. Our next step into figuring this out is to get another MRI, then, Lord willing, take her to see a group of brainiac doctors at Emery in Atlanta. From what we hear, they live to diagnose rare diseases and conditions.

When we were done with the appointment, I made a comment on my Facebook page—“Maybe one day Imagesoon we’ll understand what’s going on. In the meantime, she’s in Gods PERFECT hands.” This morning I got to thinking about God’s perfect hands, and He brought to mind an article written for the church newsletter I edited many moons ago. It was written by none other than Ruth Millar, a.k.a. “Lizzie” the sweet, little heroine of my children’s novel, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang.

Ruth has done more than survive WWII. She’s touched countless lives with her willingness to be used of God and speak His truth. Her articles always touch my heart; her Facebook posts always direct me to Him. Here’s what she has to say about Jesus’ Hands…

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I can never look at a baby without noticing their little hands, so perfectly formed, small nails that are the right shape and size for the tiny fingers, and it is not long before they grip tightly unto whoever is near. How can any believe that anyone, other than an almighty God, could form these perfect little hands?

Quite some while ago, I thought I would do a little Bible Study on the Hands of Jesus, for I realised that He too, once had tiny hands like babies of today. I also realised that it would take more than an hour or two to write about everything The Hands of Jesus did, there are so many wonderful miraculous things which Jesus did with His hands.

Nowhere in the Bible do we read that He used His hands to help Mary His mother, but as He was the oldest child in the family, I feel certain He must have made Himself useful with various household duties, even baby-sitting occasionally. We do know that He helped His earthly father Joseph in his workshop; for it was there that Jesus learned to be a carpenter.

The Hands of Jesus were used so many times to perform miracles. The Hands of Jesus placed mud on the blind man’s eyes, and immediately He could see. These Hands were outstretched to save Peter when he stepped out of the boat to walk on the sea.

The disciples were fishing one night when a storm arose, Jesus was asleep in the boat, they were quite abrupt with their question to Him, “Carest thou not that we perish?” Of course Jesus cared. Again these Hands were raised as He said “Peace be Still” and the storm ceased.

The Hands of Jesus blessed the little children saying “Suffer little children to come unto me…” I feel certain His Hands held them very closely to Him as he hugged and loved them.

His Hands took the five loaves and two fishes; He blessed them and performed the miracle, for there was sufficient to feed over 5000 people with much to spare.

The Hands of Jesus were nailed to the Cross, and there he hung bearing the sins of the whole world. These Precious hands, these Healing Hands, these Nail-pierced and Nail-scarred Hands must always remind us how He willingly gave His life and shed His Blood to pay the price for our Salvation.

Although we can no longer see the Hands of Jesus, they are still open to us all; they are there to comfort us, to heal, and to save.

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Ruth Millar

OUR HANDS? Quite a contrast to The Hands of Jesus, but we can use them in so many ways in His service, for if we place our life in His Hands, we can do anything through Christ who strengthens us. Our hands which appear to be so weak in comparison, can become strong in His Might, for even though the Hands of Jesus were bound and nailed to the Cross, they were still Victorious Hands for they conquered death and paid the penalty for our sin.

We will never suffer like Jesus did, for He was forsaken by God His Father which surely was the greatest of all His sufferings. We can never repay the price that was paid for our Redemption, but we can endeavour to do all we can to show our gratitude, to the One who loved us so much that He allowed His Beautiful Hands to be Nail-Pierced for us all.

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When I think of Morgan’s hand, her surgeries, the IVs, and MRIs–all the “little” things she gone through over the last couple of years—while I watch her grow stronger and braver with each experience, I can’t help but wonder what task God is molding and preparing her for. Her hands are weak, but through Christ’s power and the strength of HIS perfect hands, what might she become…?

What about you? What weaknesses and struggles can God turn into victories? Will you let Him?

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2 Responses to “Hands–His and Ours”

  1. In our weakness, HE is made strong. Thank you for such a lovely post!

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