I look down at my hands, wrinkled and cracked from the daily routines they endure. Wash. Fold. Clean. Wash. Fold. Clean. I gave up painting my nails years ago and it’s been nearly a decade since I have had a professional manicure. Soapy suds 3 times a day, day after day, month after month, year after year have take their toll.
Lately I have noticed the neatly manicured nails of beautiful women I see at the banks and stores. Their perfect nails colored in vibrant hues of pink and red and violet, beg my question.
“How do they do it?” I wonder.
A few weeks ago, my daughter and I sat down at the dining room table. Reluctantly, I consented to painting her nails. Stroke after stroke of coral on her ten tiny fingers. Feeling ambitious and with her insistence, I painted mine as well. We sat there at the table gently blowing on our fingers.
My polish didn’t survive 24 hours. Staring at my chipped nails in disgust, I reached for the acetone and removed all hint of color: naked nails for working hands.
The human hand is a marvelous creation. 29 bones, 9 major joints, 48 nerves and 123 ligaments are skillfully woven together enabling baseball player Aroldis Chapman to heave a pitch at a staggering 105mph. The same materials that produce such power and force can operate with enough precision to actually paint a picture on a grain rice. If you have not seen these tiny works of art, you have to google them sometime. I’m certain you’ll be amazed by the sheer wonder of such a minute masterpiece.
The unique fingerprint testifies to the unique task each hand is equipped to do. God designed your hand to build something that only you can build. There is work only your hands can do.
Maybe your hands are like mine, tired and sore from their daily routines. Or perhaps you just treated your hands to a manicure and they rest on your lap with colorful, glistening veneers. Regardless, tiny swirls masterfully designed by the Creator, barely visible and rarely noticed cry out. They whisper God’s special plan for you, for your hands. Seek Him to discover what your hands were designed to do. Then, cry out like the Psalmist in Psalm 90:17:
God strengthens our hands. God establishes the work of our hands and God brings us rewards from the work of our hands. Nothing our hands do go unnoticed. As we live out Colossians 3:23 and do all things as though we were doing it for Jesus himself, we receive rewards: both on earth and in heaven.
In Proverbs, we read of a woman who was diligent in working with her hands whether for buisness or charity. The Bible says: