The following is a a story shared with the UCWLC leadership by their Spiritual Director Sr. Sophia of the Sisters of St. Joseph. I want to thank the ladies for sharing it with me and Sr. Sophia for graciously consenting to its publication as a guest post on the FLO website. Just as an aside the UCWLC is so much more than a cultural, social or social action association of women, but it truly seeks to foster the spiritual growth and formation of its membership. Blessings as God is With Us! DPL
“For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and tells you: Do not fear, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41, 13) Isaiah calls us to consider our relationship with God in a new, very deep and personal level. Hands are one of the symbolically expressive parts of the body. It is no wonder that the authors of the Bible employ hands as a powerful metaphor and analogy. The hands of God are creating the universe, protecting from the evil, healing and comforting in sadness, leading and giving the strength.
Here is a story “Let God Hold Your Hand.” (Author Unknown)
One day you were crossing a bridge with God. You were scared so you asked GOD, “Can I hold your hand so I won’t fall into the river?”
GOD said, “No my child, I should hold your hand…”
You asked, “What is the difference?”
GOD replied, “If you hold my hand and something happens, you might let go. If I hold your hand, no matter what happens, I will never let go….”
In the Book of Revelation, it is written: “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16). All things are ordained by God and are settled by Him, according to His wise and holy providence. We are so afraid of being disliked, blamed, mistreated, persecuted that we are constantly developing strategies to defend ourselves and in so doing guarantee ourselves the love of others. We think our position, health, or mind will always be there and we can handle everything ourselves. But we have limits. We need Christ, Who said, “Without me, you can do nothing.”
Let us look at the powerful hands of God in the iconic depiction of the Resurrection, where He is holding by His mighty hands the arm of Adam and Eve, raising them up out of their tombs. It manifests that His victory redeems all mankind, even back to the very beginning. It also foreshadows the general resurrection of the body before the Final Judgment. Thus with sincere trust, we need to allow the mighty hand of God to guard and protect us by holding our hand. Since it is not God Who distances Himself from us, it is us who stray from God. He is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, Who is always with us. He said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5) The question is, “Are we letting God hold our hand?”
God is Love, He never forces Himself on us, His beloved. When He created us, He saw that “it was very good” and still is, despite all the darkness. He has stretched out His hand in merciful blessing, always waiting. Let us put gladly our hand in God’s hand by living the beatitudes and let us never despair of finding the narrow gate into the Kingdom because in the worst circumstances the KING OF KINGS will stretch out His mighty hand to bring us the victory. “For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and tells you: Do not fear, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41, 13) Remember, His hands are still pierced as a sign of His divine love, though the nails are not there.