When we surrender control and take our hands off of circumstances and people … guess what we have? Empty hands. That’s the measure of acceptance. It’s the symbolic gesture of a heart that is yielded to God, and ready to move forward. Do you know what God can do with empty hands? He can fill them. He can use them. Those empty hands are free to touch and do things they’ve never experienced before … things they may have always wanted to do … maybe the very things God designed them to do. They might just do more … and hold more … than we ever dared to dream or imagine.
At first, it’s always hard to have empty hands. Those old feelings & emotions are always there, ready and eager to jump in and fill the void. But no matter what empty hands feel like, the truth is that none of the things we’ve let go of … none of the circumstances that we’ve accepted … are gone, lost, forgotten, hopeless, or beyond His reach. Keep reminding yourself that God has a plan that you can’t see.
Mary and Martha buried Lazarus. When Jesus got there, they weren’t happy to see Him … from their perspective, He had failed to show up in time. But the Lord had other plans … and His resurrection power was demonstrated for all to see. God is never as concerned about our circumstances as He is about our hearts … and our relationship with Him.
“Let endurance [cheerful hope, patience, constancy, patient continuous, waiting] have its perfect [complete, of full age, completeness – of labor, growth, character] result, that you may be perfect [complete, of full age, completeness – of labor, growth, character] and complete [complete in every part, sound, entire, whole], lacking [fail, be absent, be destitute, wanting] in nothing.”
What are you holding on to? Fix your eyes on Him … regardless of how you feel. Lift those empty hands out in front of you when you’re wracked with uncertainty and fear. Literally. Show Him your palms, and remind yourself that you’ve chosen to accept what He has for you. Believe that He will, in His time, take care of the ache in your chest … and that those empty hands will be full, busy and productive. He’s got this.