Have you ever thrown your hands in the air and said something like “I give up”? Or perhaps you’re not that dramatic, but you’ve still felt that the demands of caregiving were just too much!
What if our desperate raised hands or hearts were to become a sign of openness, a wordless prayer of surrender to a strength beyond our own?
Let me tell you an old story. Joshua led Israel in a critical battle. Skilled soldiers fought with great fervor. But the true victory was won on a mountaintop above the battle. “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the enemy won.” (Exodus 17:11) Raised hands – dependence on God’s resources– made the difference.
But there’s still more to that story. “When Moses’ hands grew weary…Aaron and Hur put a stone under him and he sat on it. Then they held his hands up so that his hands remained steady until sunset”…and the final victory. (vss. 12, 13)
God has an “Aaron” and a “Hur” for you: trusted friends who will help you find rest when you’re weary and “ hold up your hands” until the battle is won..
Prayer – Show me, Lord, the “Aaron” and “Hur” you have for me, and give me the courage to call on their prayer and support. Amen
Photo courtesy of Jill Naumann, copyright 2017