June 19, 2014

My Right Hand

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."  Isaiah 41:13

I look at those words.

Holding hands and clear sky

I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand.

I picture this in two ways.

First, I picture Jesus across the table from me at this Starbucks table.

My right hand resting safely, gently, patiently in his.

 

I picture him meeting me here,

in my stillness,

reminding and inviting me to be still

and simply know

that he is here,

in my stillness.

 

I picture gentle eyes, gentle voice.

A soft, tender smile.

"Do not fear, I will help you."

 

But an entirely other picture conjures as well in my mind.

 

I picture Jesus, standing beside me,

at my right side,

at the starting line of a race.

 

My right hand firmly grasped in his.

 

He looks at me,

with fierce confidence,

perhaps even a twinkle in his eye,

since only he knows what beauty lies ahead.

 

And he says, "Do not fear; I will help you."

 

And together we run.  We run the race.

 

You are the Lord, my God,

who takes hold of my right hand and says to me,

"Do not fear; I will help you."

6 comments on “My Right Hand”

  1. In high school, when I started getting accomplished as a pianist and was entering contests, my wise piano teacher had me memorize this verse. I would recite it during my warm ups before I played for the adjudicators. Part of me would giggle though, because I'm actually very left hand dominant. Maybe she wanted me to understand that my right hand had value on the piano as well. 🙂

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