Before I came to SCBC, as part of my training, I spent 2 terms serving God overseas in Calcutta in India. Both trips were time of challenge, blessing and experiencing the richness and diversity of God’s world.
My first trip there was to work with an Indian Christian Charity working with street children in Calcutta. They had various programmes including feed, washing and clothing children as well as educating them. I spent time helping in all of these areas including working in their school.
One Friday at the end of school, all of the teachers, including me and another volunteer from the UK, went for a picnic by the Hooghly River. It was a lovely time and as I was eating, one of the other teachers took my hand and started looking at it. And then smiled at me and said your future looks good – do you want to know what I can see? It turns out she was reading my palm. I was a little taken aback as I wasn’t expecting it and I thanked her but said no. My friend who was with me was very keen to know what her future was going to look like and said please read mine. The lady took her hand and then this look of fear came over her face and she suddenly said, oh lets not do that now – which obviously meant she thought there was something horrendous that was going to happen to her. This really worried and shocked my friend as she wanted some kind of assurance that her future was going to be ok.
All of us are like my friend and we would love to have an assurance that the future is bright and everything is going to be ok. That we’ve got nothing to worry about; nothing is going to hit us out of the blue and it all ends happily ever after. Wouldn’t that be great?! Sadly we don’t have that. We can’t get someone to read out palm and tell us everything that is going to happen.
What we do have is the confidence that comes from looking at the palm of God’s hand where the scriptures tell us:
Isaiah 49:16: See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:13: For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we do know that if we put our trust in God and seek him, he will walk with us into whatever the situation is that we face. He will uphold us and help us and remind us that we are his. We are engraved on the palms of his hands. We are his for all eternity and nothing is going to change that.
Today, make a choice to trust and maybe use these verses of scripture as a prayer of commitment and seeking his help and his presence in whatever it is that you are feeling and experiencing today.