Into Your hands


Our youngest daughter Nina has been staring at her hands very frequently the past two weeks. She’s not quite sure what to do with them yet, but she is learning to suck on her hands and scratch herself maybe once a week or so – like all babies do. It’s amazing to me to think about the innocence of a baby. She doesn’t know how to point her fingers yet – blaming someone else for what they’ve done. She isn’t old enough yet to do much on her own. Many parents start to get frustrated with babies, some because of the fact that they can’t do anything and have to be taken care of so much.

It’s taken me three children to learn more and more that these babies are just as important as I am. I can’t imagine being Marla and giving as much as a mother does. No wonder God didn’t allow men to have babies? I think the big question for me is – what am I going to do in the next 10-20 years to be an example to this child of how to love the Lord? I’ve seen many parents be so angry with their kids, some being too polite, some spoiling them, and some neglecting them even when they are less dependant on the parents at an older age.

This child has just as much of an opportunity to be used by the Lord to show love and be an example to others of His grace than we do as adults. Imagine the things we all have done with our hands. Imagine what could have been done in the past if we would have followed God’s direction more closely? When she stares at her hands in 30 years will she be able to speak the words of  Psalm 119:73 – “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.”? Or will she let her hands follow this world like in Psalm 115:4 ” But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.”? Let my hands be an example to hers.

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