I got into my car, looked out the windshield and I see she has been there. I sit down in front of my television to turn it on, and I see she has been there. I sit down in my dining room and look into the back yard. She has been there too.
Anna is her name. She is my two-year-old granddaughter.
How do I know she has been on my car, at my television, and in my dining room? I know it because she has left her handprints. I see her tiny handprints on my windshield, television screen, and dining room sliding glass door. She might as well have left a written sign: “ANNA WAS HERE!”
Her handprints make me smile. She is an active climber and evidently got up on the hood of my car. Evidently, she wanted to touch Elmo on the television. Pressing her hands on the sliding glass door was probably coupled with the request, “I wan’ ou-side!”
Jesus also left behind his handprints when he was here:
“And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:16)
“At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. (Luke 4:40)
Thinking of him blessing children and healing the sick makes me smile. These handprints reveal that he is gracious and compassionate.
I am reflecting on my life and looking for Jesus’ handprints. What events are examples of him being present with grace and compassion? I can already think of a few.
I’ll bet you can think of a few of your own!!
Bless you, as you touch people through your ministry. Yours are the handprints of Jesus when you kindly minister in his name.