Sunday, 08 November 2015 20:39

The Unseen Hand

Written by  Sam Whatley
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Sometimes God speaks to us through the unusual happenings in nature. We may not, like Moses, see an unconsumed burning bush, but there are natural events that startle us and capture our attention.

I recently witnessed one of those as a leaf suspended in air.

I was reading a book on a park bench beneath several oak trees when I noticed a leaf dancing freely in the air. I thought it was caught in a wind current of some kind, but that was not the case. The leaf would rise to about seven feet, flit about, and glide down within inches of the ground. Then it would hover and bob for several minutes. Suddenly it would ascend for two or three feet and move from side to side. This went on for over an hour.


I stopped reading, mesmerized by this event. Other leaves were falling from the oaks, but they merely glided to earth. This one leaf seemed almost alive. It moved some six feet in different directions, as if guided by an unseen hand. I went back to reading, but looked up frequently to watch the leaf.


I walked over to the place where the leaf danced and looked carefully from several angles. I did not see a spider web. But, I told myself, there had to be a strand of web running from a limb, keeping this thing suspended above the ground. I knew that if I ran my hand over the leaf, I would solve the mystery. But the illusion was so strong that I did not want to break it. How many times do you see a leaf glide in the air for over an hour?


Watching this leaf reminded me that we who know Christ have an unseen hand that holds us safely in bounds, allowing us to express who we really are, without falling to an earthly end. As the Apostle Paul said:


He is before all things and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NIV


When Christ went back to Heaven, he sent us his Holy Spirit. It is this unseen Hand that keeps us from falling back into sin and despair as we continue in our life in Christ. He gives us comfort and strength. He helps us to choose the right path and reject our old ways. Sometimes he just lifts our spirits.


I once had a friend who was reluctant to accept Christ because he was afraid to give up his “freedom.” He was addicted to his vices. Yet, a few years later, as he lay on his deathbed, I offered to give him a Bible. He took it. Two days later, he died. I never knew if he accepted the Lord. But, all those things he once thought he could not give up were given up, one way or the other.


What appears to the world as freedom is bondage. Once we accept Christ, we are freer than we ever were when we were bound by our sin and tied to our self-destructive habits and behaviors. Christ has a better life for us. Jesus said: … I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV


Ironically, the freedom Christ offers us is what many unbelievers consider religious bondage. They cannot see that, though we make mistakes, in Christ we become new creations. We are spared the free fall of letting our desires control our lives.


If it feels like something else has taken control of your life, trust in the One who holds all things together. No, you cannot see him. You cannot reach out and touch him. But he can touch you. He can send the wind of his Spirit to lift your burdens and bring you to life. If you know him, you know what I mean. If you do not know him, find a church that believes the Bible and tell someone there you want to meet Jesus.


The Apostle Paul tells us: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18



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