Jack Freed featured this quote from Martin Luther in a recent post to the Jack’s Winning Words blog – “I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all; but, whatever I have placed in God’s hands, I still possess.”
As I thought about that quote what is perhaps a corollary to it occurred to me – Many things have come and gone in my head; but the things that made it to my heart have stayed with me.
We have many possessions during our lives, most of which are lost over time; and we learn and remember many things as we journey through life the majority of which we eventually forget. It turns out that the really important and valuable things in life are not possessions or facts, but rather have to do with highly personal and emotional feelings and memories that we keep tucked away in our hearts. Perhaps they are the things that we place in God’s hands, as Luther suggested.
After all, what better place could there be to entrust your feelings, your hopes, your loves, your sorrows and your joys than in god’s hands. We say that they reside in our hearts, but I suspect that the safe keeper of our most personal and innermost feelings – the ones that we say that we keep in our hearts – is really God.
When you think about it, most of the things that live in our hearts had the hand of God in them somehow. Whether they involved births, deaths, those we love, our marriages, wonderful events, tragedies, great successes or horrible failures; in all of those moments we called upon God, either to thank Him or ask for His help. Maybe, when he answered our call, he took a snapshot of the emotions of that moment and wrote it in our hearts for safekeeping. We can go back and recall those moments and those same emotions will well up in our hearts again. Maybe that’s God saying to us, “Do you remember when we did this together?”
There’s that old familiar insurance company ad – You’re in Good hands with Allstate. I’d submit that your emotions and memories are in good hands with God. Let Him be the caretaker of the things that live forever in your heart. So, maybe Luther was saying the same thing in a slightly different way…those things that we put in God’s hands and let him write in our hearts, we will have forever. Think about it.