The human hand is an engineering miracle that always fascinates me. Have you ever considered the marvelous construction of your hands? The perfect number of fingers – with the thumbs in contra-position – moving independently of one another, yet in unison as required? Fingers placed strategically in relation to one another? The beauty and value of the nails placed strategically at the finger-tips? Their instantaneous response to the messages they receive from the brain? The precision and acumen with which they work together to grasp objects?
Thirty-five powerful muscles move the human hand. Fifteen are in the forearm rather than in the hand itself, giving great strength to the hand without making the fingers so thick they would be difficult to move. The arrangement of the bones, muscles and tendons, the arteries that supply the blood, and the nerves that control movement and sensation, make the hand the most versatile part of the body.
Human hands are also used to touch and feel things. They contain at least four types of nerve endings that make the fingers and thumbs highly sensitive. Blind persons rely entirely on their sense of touch when ‘reading’ the raised letters of Braille books.
The human hands help people communicate with each other. They convey familiar expressions and ideas, such as the clenched fist of anger, the raised palm of peace, the “thumbs up” for approval, or the “thumbs down” for disapproval.
There is an expression of comradeship in a hand-shake; a sense of tenderness when lovers ‘hold hands;’ security for a child in the grip of a parent’s hand. I will always remember, as a little child, walking down the street between my Mother and Father, holding their hands and feeling so secure. I well remember, too, holding my little child’s hand, and reminding myself that it would not always be so small and trusting.
We are told that God is Spirit. Nevertheless, the Scriptures describe Him in human terms to which we mortals can relate. There are many references to “the right hand of God” which speak of His power and authority. Amazing things happen when the ‘hand of the Lord’ is laid on someone. Ezekiel was “lifted up by the Spirit between the earth and the heaven” and he was given most remarkable insight into the Spirit realm. When the ‘hand of the Lord’ was with the believers in the early church, “a great number turned to the Lord.” (Ezek. 8:3; Acts 11:21)
God declares that His hand “has laid the foundation of the earth, and His right hand has spread out the heavens.” “In His hand are the deep places of the earth. The heights of the mountains are His also.” “He holds the waters in the hollow of His hand.” “A man’s goings are established by Jehovah, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for Jehovah upholds him with His hand.” (Isa. 48:13; Psa. 95:4; Isa. 40:12; Ps. 37:24)
David, being a good shepherd, often used the pastoral scene to picture the Lord and His relationship to His people. “He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” Then Jesus, Himself, said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give to them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (Psa. 95:7; John 10:27,28)
Our God has given promise, and His grace for this has planned:
His child shall rest securely in the hollow of His hand.
Let come what may – or wave or tempest – “Peace, be still!” is His command;
My soul is held in peace eternal in the hollow of His hand.
O soul, do not be troubled, though you do not understand;
No turmoil shall molest you in the hollow of His hand.
E’en though stern duty call you, and each day makes full demand,
The soul may find its shelter in the hollow of His hand.
The joy that passes knowledge, Peace that none can understand,
For you, for YOU are waiting in the hollow of His hand.
William M. Runyan, 1870-1957
Picture yourself being held in His cupped hand. There is no greater security than in the Almighty Hand of your Living, Loving Heavenly Father. He will “HOLD YOU FAST.”
“Now the God of all HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE in the believing,
that you may abound in HOPE
through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
In Agape, Eulene
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