“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...”
Father, you say that you hold me in your hands... even in Your Word, you say, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...” (Isaiah 49:16) How can it be that You God, in your great vastness.... see me... that you hold me in your hands. Though I cannot totally comprehend it, I listen and hear you speak it to my heart.... a weary heart that has been rushing along trying to keep up with all I feel need to accomplish. Give me grace to rest in all that you have unfolded for me... your Grace truly is sufficient.
Yesterday, I walked on the nature trail at our local park, and as I walked around the lake, taking in all the beauty... it was such a Place of Worship. At one point, I placed my phone in the shoulder of my blouse and turned my worship music on so it would play right into my ear... and I walked on. Though I was totally engaged with the world around me... seeing all the activity around, hearing all the natural sounds and playful sounds of a world enjoying a weekend, and having good conversation with my husband as we walked... for a brief moment... I was captured away with my Papa. I looked up into the trees above, the sun coming through and for a moment, I heard His heart for me, “I love to capture you away with me.” For that brief moment, I heard in a way that was different than the natural sounds around me... it was His Breath and it was the most precious moment of the day. It was mere seconds... just gazing at the branches, natural wind on my face, ears attuned to His Wind. Oh what manner of love is this that He would capture me away from His everywhere beauty and take me into His Deep Beauty? To grasp that... every day.... my prayer. I think of that old hymn. “I need you every hour...”
So in that moment, I felt the Lord hold me in the palms of His hands. It was a beautiful day. I didn’t need a rescue... but yet He captured me anyway... in an already beautiful moment. How awesome is a God like that? His heart is the most beautiful place.
The scripture from Isaiah, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...” was a reassurance to Israel of the Lord’s commitment to them... that He had not forgotten them. The word engraved literally means “to cut.” Oh how Jesus loves us that He literally, on the cross, had us cut into His innocent hands. I’ve experienced those hands holding me when I felt forgotten. I’ve felt them wrap me when I could not go on. I’ve felt those hands on my shoulders encouraging me to keep moving... and like in the moment yesterday, I’ve experienced Him holding me there in His hands... captured away with Him... just because He loves to bring me close to His heart. He wants the same for us all. See?