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God's hands

I have a friend, a guitarist, whose sensitive fingers can draw the most delicate sounds from his instrument. Another friend creates another kind of beauty. He works in stone.His are rough, rugged hands, clearly put to a different purpose from the guitarist's.

I suppose that neither pair of hands would be very effective at bothm tasks. But added together, they hint in a small way at the wide-ranging abilities of what the Bible calls God's "hands." The Psalmist points to their might when he says: "In his hand ar the deep places of the earth . . . . The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land." n1

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n1 Psalm 95:4, 5

What power! His infinite strength held back the Red Sea while the children of Israel crossed. Yet it is this same divine presence that, later in the Bible , is recorded as performing that most delicate of tasks: clothing the lilies of the field. n2

n2 See Matthew 6:28-30

It's a two-pronged aspect of divine power: unstoppable might and the most precise gentleness. And if we're to grasp the full dimension of divine Love's power -- sometimes referred to as God's hands -- we'll need to see both these elements. Not that Love, God, has created materiality and performs adjustments to it. God, being Spirit, is infinite and acts on an entirely spiritual level. But, in a very practical way, it is His power that, when understandingly applied , transforms and blesses human consciousness.

The more we cna trust the mammoth decisions we face or the most fragile hopes and desires we have to God's hands, the less we'll keep handling (or mishandling) them in some shortsighted, clumsy way. And the way to trust is through deep, scientific prayer. Mary Baker Eddy n3 once wrote something that relates to this discussion. "Desire is prayer;" she said, "and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds." n4

n3 Mrs. Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science

n4 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,m p. 1

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Your and I have a part to play in this. We have to trust God. We have to understand Him. And understanding His strength and love will help us get a grip on a whole range of challenges, from the massive to the minute. The better we understand this, the more early we will see just what our part is in each challenge we face.

Divine Love is everywhere present and ready to help. This is something Christian Science makes much of. There simply is no place you or I could be that is beyond God's help. "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? . . . If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." n5 Thats how the Psalmist put it. And what was true for him is just as true for you and me today. As we understand the nature and presence of divine Love, we can feel in a way that we are held by God, that we are led by God, by Spirit, by Love. Held in a place of peace and healing. Led to freshness and strength and harmony, if they are what's needed.

n5 Psalms 139:7, 9, 10.

The problems we face, whether they are as massive as holding a seal back or as delicate as clothing the lilies of the field, are problems we can trust God to handle in a problem-solving, healing way. It's a matter of understanding Him and His power. And then accepting that power as the controlling factor in every situation. DAILY BIBLE VERSE But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy h and. Isaiah 64:8

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