I work in a grocery store. I’m amused by the man (usually it’s a man), who will shop without a cart or basket. He hunts for the items he needs, gathers them into his hands, tucks boxes under his arms and makes his way to the cash register. Sometimes blindly, as he can’t quite see over the load he’s carrying. His hands are full!
At the register he sets and sometimes drops, the boxes/cans/bags on the conveyor belt. Many times, he breathes a sigh of relief. Whether it’s because he’s grateful he made it without dropping anything on the floor or because THAT chore is finally over, isn’t always clear.
I watched an infant reach up to her mother from the seat in the shopping cart, crying. Mom reached out to take her child in her arms, but the little girl’s fists still clenched the toys she held. Her hands were full!
Last year, I was in a similar situation but instead of boxes, cans, bags, or toys, I juggled worries over financial problems, nervousness over a job interview, and concerns over moving decisions. My hands were full!
I cried out to God. I knew He heard my prayers, but I couldn’t see the answers. My arms were overloaded with anxieties blinding me to His Presence. I cried out louder, then I realized—Holding onto God is easier when there’s nothing else in your hand.
Are you holding on to too many things? Is God reaching out to you, but your hands are full? We often hear the phrase “Let go, and let God…” but do we truly “let go?” If you’re struggling or juggling too many things remember it’s easier to hold onto God when there’s nothing else in your hand.
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,” Joshua 22:5 (NIV).