Life with an Open Hand

Place a small rock in the open palm of your hand.  Now clench your fist around that rock, holding it tightly, keeping your muscles rigid and tense.  How long can you hold this position comfortably?  Notice how quickly your hand tires.  Now open your hand again, allowing the rock to lie comfortably in the center of your open palm.  Do you think you could hold the rock more comfortably for a longer period of time in this open position?

Our bodies illustrate spiritual lessons.  How often have you clutched your life in a clenched fist, fighting the natural forces, trying to control and confine life within the small boundaries of your fears and expectations?  It is as uncomfortable for the human heart to be clenched and closed as it is for the human hand.  We were meant for openness, movement, and freedom.

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. ~Psalm 62:5

~Lila Empson & Candi Paull

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