My Hands Are Full
Life is full. I find myself saying that a lot and writing about it whenever I blog. I don’t mean to be a complainer, mostly just stating a fact about this season of life. And truly I feel blessed by all the good things that life is full of. Some days though – it makes me crazy, frazzled, and frantic. Truly I’m not the best God wants me to be in these moments.
God gave me an interesting picture this week. For a few days I had a sore knuckle on my middle finger. I thought that was a very odd thing and I couldn’t figure out why!? As I was rushing out the door one morning with my work bag, purse, lunch bag, water bottle, coffee mug and at the same time trying to put a hat and gloves on – I realized something. My finger was sore because I often carry my water bottle by the handle, with just one finger. I know this must sound strange – but I do this to maximize how much I can carry. How funny that my finger ached because my hands are just too full!
Ok, so that probably doesn’t sound like a spiritual metaphor – but God showed me there is something there for me to wrestle with. The way I fill my hands is often how I fill my days. I carry the weight of too many things and at the end of the day, something “aches.” It may be spiritual, physical, or emotional – but for all of us when we overdo outside of what God has for us, something suffers.
There are good solutions to this – what I even believe to be sanctified solutions. The other day as we were rushing out the door, my sweet daughter said to me, “Mom, can I help you carry something?” I shrugged it off and said, “I’ve got it.” As I reflect on this, I’m so struck by the fact that as believers we aren’t meant to carry our burdens alone. In Galatians 6:2 it says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” We have the gift of community, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the gift of prayer. And perhaps there is something I need to physically let go of or give up. Perhaps I need to travel lighter and carry less baggage altogether.
There is a lot that I need to think through along these lines. How can I simplify what I carry? How can I share what I carry? How can I slow down so that I might not need to carry so much?
I’m sure your hands are full too. How might you need to simplify, share, or slow down? Take it to the Lord.
Kim Laufenburger, Executive Minister
and Co-Director Hope Shores Bible Camp