Held in His Hands

“…When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd…” (Matthew 9:36)

One of my spiritual mentors told this story once…

A surgeon figured in a train accident. Emerging slightly injured from the wreckage, the surgeon looked around and saw the many wounded passengers around him. As a doctor, his initial impulse was to come to the aid of the wounded. But as he was about to help, his face turned ashen. At the top of his voice, the surgeon screamed:

“Where are my instruments?! I need my instruments!”

I believe God has been shouting the same words nowadays.

Just like the surgeon, God finds himself surrounded by so many wounded and hurting people in this world. 

The grieving wife who lost her spouse to a stroke.

The neglected son begging for attention from his parents.

The cash-strapped father whose child is diagnosed with leukemia.

The prisoner mistakenly jailed for a crime he didn’t commit.

The lonely overseas worker who misses his family back home.  

And just like the surgeon, God hurls upon us, Christians, the words:

“Where are my instruments?! I need my instruments!”

Could it be that God is looking at you? Could it be possible that God has been asking you to be his instrument for the healing of a particular person within your circle of influence? For your friend. Your officemate. Your relative. Your neighbor.

And could it be possible that for the longest time, you tried to turn a deaf ear towards God? Maybe you’re too busy. Or too cautious. Or too tired. Or too self-preoccupied.

I pray that you get the heart of the shepherd today.  The gospel described Jesus’ heart in a simple yet very graphic way:

“…When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd…” (Matthew 9:36)

Today, I present myself to the Lord as his instrument. To heal. To comfort. To love.

It would be my great privilege to be held by the hand of the greatest Surgeon the world has ever seen!

Held in His Hands,

Bobby

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