When I consider the question, I often look at what I hold physically in that moment in time. Perhaps it is the wooden spoon I am using to stir batter. Perhaps it is the iron as I press a shirt. Perhaps it is my camera, my journal, my Bible, or a favorite book.
For Moses, it was a staff that was used to demonstrate the power of God to Pharaoh. For David, it was a sling, which felled Goliath. In both these biblical examples, the things were commonplace to the men who used them and yet God used the commonplace to do something extraordinary.
The more serious question I then ponder is what do I consider commonplace or ordinary, why do I view these things in that way, and what might they become when submitted to God?
Gutzon Borglum looked at a mountainside in the Black Hills of South Dakota and envisioned his sculptor’s hands creating what we know as Mt. Rushmore. He used tools that were common to him along with a vision of what they could create even though it had never been done before. He saw something no one else did and created it so we could all see the wonder.
Theodore Roosevelt in an address at Carnegie Hall in 1912 said, “We, here in America, hold in our hands the hope of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.” He saw something, believed something that was and also was yet to come with both the potential and the responsibility to act wisely with what had been placed in our hands as a nation.
These realities give me pause. What do I hold in my hand that could become extraordinary? What do I see that others may not see and how can I give them a glimpse of it?
I can only answer that when I risk discovering what it is for me. Then, I must believe in what I see as Moses, David, Gutzon Borglum, Theodore Roosevelt, and countless others did, but I must also gain courage to act on it and discover in that process what God saw all along.
35 thoughts on “What Do You Hold In Your Hand?”
That’s a good question. Lately I’ve been doubting myself as a writer, but I believe so strongly that the tools I use to write can reach extraordinary when I seek to use them for God’s purposes and glory. Thanks for the thoughts!
I get that doubt and have experienced that as well as a writer. So glad you were encouraged and stopped by to comment!
Pam – such a great question, and I have to be honest, I haven’t even thought about it this way before. Thanks so much for your thoughts on what we often see as commonplace can become extraordinary when given to the Lord. Blessings and thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this week.
I love this thought provoking post! What do I consider commonplace and what might it become when submitted to God? Powerful! Too often I think we limit God’s potential, thinking our little can’t go far… but God can do extraordinarily more than we can ask or imagine. Thanks for the timely reminder! Blessings to you!
Thanks, Carlie! I so much appreciate your encouragement!!
Thank you for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I pinned it.
Thank you!!! Have a blessed day!
We have the power to encourage those all around us with your words. Everywhere we go we encounter lost and hurting people or those who just need a smile and kind word to turn their day around! May we live with our hands open in service to our Lord! Thanks so much for sharing! Your neighbor at #SuzieEller today. Hope you have a fantastic day!
So true, Misty, if we only will take a moment and be present with those around us! Blessings on your day and weekend!
That is such a great question to ponder every now & then. I remember our pastor preaching on that very same question years ago. The Lord has surely placed something in each of our hands. May we use it to the best of our ability and for His glory.
Thanks, Joanne! I borrowed the question from when God asked Moses, but it has always been an intriguing thing for me to ponder. I so appreciate your comments! Amen on them!
Beautiful post. I especially love your leading image and wording! Such a great pull.
Thanks so much, Susan!