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In The Palm Of His Hands

handsSo do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

“Forget it; why even talk about it anymore,” my husband shouted and slammed the door behind him.

I stood rooted to the bedroom floor, reeling against the tidal wave of questions sweeping my imagination. How could our marriage survive? My husband and I had been fighting more and more about issues that seemed to defy resolution, and this last argument was off the Richter Scale. I knew we were teetering on the brink of divorce. How could I start a new life with two little boys to support? I couldn’t bear to think of them shuttled between parents. All this turmoil made my throat and chest hurt so much I could scarcely breathe.

For several days I walked around aimlessly and forgot appointments, neglected my work and barely comprehended conversation. In despair and desperation, I cried out to the Lord. He brought to mind the comforting words in Isaiah 41:10,

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

To combat my paralyzing fear, it seemed I needed to repeat this verse every five minutes the first few days. So I composed a simple melody to help me remember the words. Singing pried my thoughts away from circumstances and lifted me into the presence of the Lord. In this way I clung to hope and controlled my panic.

Other passages in Isaiah also encouraged me. “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands,” God says. Jesus literally fulfilled these words. His great love for me compelled him to lie down on the cross and offer his hands to the executioner’s nails. How could I and my family not be kept safe in such hands? Surely he would not abandon me in this dark place.

Eventually my marriage recovered, but I learned an important lesson—regardless of the outcome of circumstances, I have a God who holds me safely in the palm of his hands.

©2007 Ruth Wood. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Prayer:

Lord, thank you that I may rest in the palm of your hands. I need not struggle with my fears alone for you are with me. In you I have peace, comfort and hope. In Jesus name, Amen.

Putting it into action: Memorize Isaiah 41:10, 49:15-16; and Phil. 4:6, then meditate on these passages throughout the day. For a deeper understanding of these truths, try rewriting the verses in your own words. Then express your response to the Lord by composing a poem, painting a picture, or writing your own song based on these verses.