What Do You Hold In Your Hand?

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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?

  1. Good question to ponder, Pam. And, perhaps I need to consider this beyond the obvious. It’s easy for me to think “a pen,” but perhaps there are less obvious things and I’m so used to thinking about things in terms of writing. Hmm. Will give that some prayerful thought, Pam. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 ((hug))

    1. Thanks, Brenda! I have discovered over my lifetime that I may have had an obvious thing in my hand, but season by season He has shown me something else I had not noticed and given me a chance to allow Him to develop it and use it for His glory and my growth.

  2. Pam, I appreciate your thought-provoking question. When I used to teach high school students on the Holy Spirit I’d often use a puppet. I’d ask the puppet to do different tasks. Pick up a pencil etc. Then I’d take my hand out of the puppet and give the same command. Of course nothing happened. This was to demonstrate that the Holy Spirit used our hands and members to accomplish His work. I was reminded of that as I read your post. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend.

  3. Teddy Roosevelt was one of my very favorite of the US Presidents. 🙂 Of course, looking back we have the freedom to pursue truth with all of the elements in hand to perceive the good. I am sure at the time there were many who didn’t understand his ideas ( He was a very progressive conservative and that is almost oxymoronic in itself). And many who may have questioned whether carving the face of men into a mountain was unnecessary. Yet, what we hold in our hands, it is a lens of perspective, a tool to help us to ascertain and to divide justly. I can’t help but think of Micah’s words in chapter 6… the requirement for those who pursue God… justice, mercy and humility. How do we hold those pieces lightly yet with resolve?
    You have me thinking today, Pam!

    Thanks for being such a valuable part of the #GraceMoments Community! 🙂

    1. Thanks for this rich reflection that has prompted more thinking for me! You are a blessing and your site and posts enrich my life and encourage my heart. These comments did so very much today!!

  4. Hi Pam I love this encouragement. Sometimes we underestimated what it is He has given us. We have something in our hands for some we don’t know it yet for others we think it s nothing or even too small.
    God Bless you Pam

  5. Hi, Pam – It is nice to meet you via Wednesday AIM Link Up. You ask a great question. Your post is inspiring and thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thanks, Donna! I borrowed the question for the reflection here. God asked Moses what He had in his hand when He was calling him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt!

  6. Hi Pam! That’s a great question. What do I dream of, what do I see is possible…what is in my hand? And it’s a wonderful thing to ask those questions in the frame of passing it along to others. We all have gifts and talents to share, and a special vision for those gifts. Figuring out what those are and how to use them is a life’s work. (I am writing a blog post about just that!)

    We were able to travel to see Mt. Rushmore, and it was a great experience. That was some vision of what is possible, wasn’t it??

    1. Thanks, Ceil!! I borrowed it!! It was one of the questions God asked Moses when He was calling him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.

      I will look forward to your blog post!!

      The photo of Mt. Rushmore was one I took on our last visit there in June of 2015. YES, it was an amazing vision!

      Love and hugs,

  7. Wow! Very good message. Often times we can think of what we have as common, and won’t produce the work we want. But in all essence that is limiting the God we serve. What we have can do wonders!!! What we have can be multiplied! All with the power that is within is that comes from our Father. You said that was another confirmation for me “take action!” Thank you so much for this message!!!!

    1. Thank YOU so much for your comments of encouragement to me! What you shared blessed me as I seek to write what the Lord lays on my heart to see how He uses it!

  8. I like that! I know God has given me the ability to do extraordinary things with just ordinary things! Praise God!

  9. Transported back to our visit in the Black Hills of SD!
    Just a few tools, and not much technology back in the days when Mt. Rushmore was carved. I’ve recently pondered Moses’ rod in the same light. Just a stick of wood.
    And then my feeble and faltering prayer life — thanks be to God that the power is not in the instrument, but in the God of the universe.

    1. Great place to visit! The photo I included was from our most recent trip in 2015. I have other pics of it, but never fail to try to capture something more.

      You’re so right about Moses!!

      I hear you about prayer life! I can more quickly read, study, journal, write, and do, that cultivate a deeper prayer life many days!

  10. Pam I love the inspiration you give you to find what we are holding in our hands, act on it, and begin to see what God saw all along. That is really inspiring! Thank you!

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