Open Hands

“The only constant in life is change.”  It’s a saying that I've heard repeated many times, but it wasn’t until about a year ago that I really began to grasp just how true it is.  It feels like things in my life have been shaking up and starting to move in different directions, especially over the last few months, and it's honestly been more than a little bit uncomfortable, as I am not one who adapts quickly to change.  But even in the midst of so many shifting pieces, God has been patiently and graciously tending to me.  One of the greatest lessons that He has taught me in this is that change truly is constant, but that when we choose to follow Him, it also means trusting Him as He chooses to give and take away.

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A friend once told me that having open hands is crucial to following Jesus. Imagine it with me: arms outstretched, palms up, ready to receive what He has for us.  Beautiful, right?  And yet we have this ugly tendency to, upon receiving something, clench it tightly in our hands.  We seek to own it, to control it, and to never let it go.  I mean, it’s ours... it’s mine.  Why would I give it away?  And yet, if that is our mindset, I find myself thinking we may just be missing out on the bigger picture…

One of my personal spiritual heroes, Elisabeth Elliot, once said:

“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to.”


That’s just it, friends.  While we may not understand it all the time, the truth is that God always knows what He is doing.  He omniscient, so He knows everything, and while we see our lives from the right here, right now vantage point, He sees the entire span of our lifetime.  I think that kind of gives Him the one-up on knowing what is truly good for us, and what will challenge and encourage us to grow more into His likeness.  Can I get an amen?

My prayer is this: that when He gives something, instead of closing our fists, we would hold on to His gifts loosely, because if and/or when He chooses to take one away and replace it with something else (because change is constant, right?), that we would willingly let go of the old thing and receive the new thing with gladness.  After all, I am guessing that we don’t want to miss out on His something great simply because we are unwilling to let go of our something good.  Our Father gives us what is best for us, when it is best for us, for He is good, and faithful, and absolutely worthy of our trust, especially in a world of constant change.

 

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