Let Me Hold Your Hand

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Isaiah 41:8-14

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (v. 13 NIV)

Several years ago, I had reconstructive surgery on my right hand due to severe arthritic damage. For months I struggled through the rehabilitation process. As a pianist, gardener, flower arranger, and someone who likes to cook, I wondered if my abilities would ever be the same again. Even though I knew that many wonderful people live full lives without the use of their arms or hands, I couldn’t imagine doing my favorite activities with only one hand. I even became depressed and self-pitying.

Then I providentially read Isaiah 41:13 and envisioned God himself taking my hand in his, looking me in the eye and saying, “Do not fear; I will help you.” My tears changed from tears of lament to tears of gratitude. My right hand was still discolored. There was still a long scar as proof of my pain. But God did help. I did not know what healing would look like, but I knew that healing would come, both physical and spiritual healing.

Today I have few physical limitations, but as with Paul, this “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7) reminds me that my help is in the Lord and that he cares enough to take me by the hand. Whatever your situation is, trust that God will do the same for you. —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Lord God, we put our hands in yours and look to you for the assurance and help you long to give.