Jeff’s Hands

It was time for spring fair. The teachers had worked hard to line the halls with the artwork and projects of three- to five-year-old creative minds.

As I walked down the hall and through the door with my husband John, we were amazed at the quantity of work displayed.

“Wow,” I said, “if this is just preschool, wonder what it will be like when Jeff gets to school.”

“I was just thinking the same thing,” said wide-eyed John.

We passed mosaics made from six different kinds and colors of beans, frames made of popsicle sticks, and flowers made from cupcake papers. Then we came to a “quilt.” Each square was a piece of construction paper with a pair of tempera paint stamped hands on the quilt. No names or identifying marks were anywhere on the quilt.

“I wish they had written their names with their hands,” I said. “I’d like to know which square Jeff…” my voice trailed off as I pointed. “Look, John, there they are. Those are Jeff’s hands. Look his thumbs are just like my dad’s. And that crooked little finger. That’s one of the things I love about your hands.”

“That is pretty awesome, isn’t it? That we can pick our child’s hands out of all these squares. There must be at least thirty of them.”

We lingered to look at the quilt and the uniqueness of each handprint.

“You know, John,” I said, “I think that must be how it is when God looks down on all his children. He sees so many of us. But everyone is different and He recognizes our uniqueness at a glance.”

“That’s a pretty awesome thought.”

“I could just stand here and study this quilt all morning. I guess that’s the way God feels about all of us!”

Have you ever stopped to think how unique you are? Matthew 10:30 says “even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” And even though I recognized Jeff’s hands on the quilt, I am not sure of the exact number of hairs on his head.


Think about It:

1) Why would anyone want to take the time to know you so well that He even knows the number of hairs on your head? That is pretty close scrutiny! God knows us that well. He knows everything about us and He still loves us, warts and all! Thank Him for loving you despite your seemingly unlovable areas. Thank Him for bringing the two of you together and blessing your family.

2) Next time you are sitting around with your children, compare their hands. Compare them with yours. Compare them with each other. Find specific characteristics of their hands that make them uniquely who they are. If you can identify a family characteristic, tell them about the person who shares that characteristic. Remind each child of his or her uniqueness.