Once again, this is one of those times I did not see until after the photos were on my computer, what was actually happening in this photo. I thought he was simply blowing out his candles, and then I saw something else - his seven year old sister, gently holding back his hand - without him even noticing.
I kept thinking on that image and how it may be a picture of God's hand
lovingly holding us back to protect us.
Just as our human hand can convey a loving touch, sympathy, protection or help,
God's hands speak of protection, healing and guidance.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
I pray these words from scripture encourage and bless you today.
May you sense the hand of God
whether it be as a comfort,
holding you back to protect you
or guiding and empowering you in the way you should go.