By the Hand


Genesis 19:15-16

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”  When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.

There are some moments when hesitation can be the matter of life or death.  In this passage we see that God reached in and pulled Lot and his family out of danger and led them to safety.

This causes me to think of a very intense moment in my life.  I had taken my two sons to a nearby lake for the day.  My youngest at the time was probably a little under one year old.  He and I were standing in the water which was up to just below my knees.  The water was very murky; could not see the bottom.  I was holding my son’s hand and we were enjoying the day.  In one terrifying moment he let go of my hand and down he went below the dark water.  I could not see him at all.  In the same moment that sheer panic rose within me, my hand plunged down into the water and I felt a part of my son that I pulled up and out of the water.  He came out of the water happy as could be, no idea of the danger he just faced.  I on the other hand was overwhelmed with the possibilities of what could have been.  If my son had been just inches over from were my hand went into the water I could have never found him.  The dark waters would have taken him and what life would have been like for our family after that I don’t even want to imagine.  To this day I will tell you that it was not my human thought that reached down for my son, it was as if another hand took my hand and drove it into the water.  My mind hesitated because I had not as yet processed it all.  God took our hands and pulled us both out to safety.

Praise Our Lord who acts when we hesitate.


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