I read a story a few years ago now of a boy who went to the grocery store with his dad to get a few things.
After shopping and paying for the groceries at the checkout counter, the owner of the store who had a large jar of candy right next to the checkout computer saw the little boy and asked him to grab a handful of sweets from the jar for free.
The boy stood looking up at his dad. His dad gave him the nod to grab some, but he still stood there, staring at his dad.
After a few moments of awkward silence, the dad, with one hand carrying the groceries and the other hand free, reached for the jar and took a handful of candy for his son who had been quiet all through.
When they stepped out, he noticed his sons mood had suddenly become lighter with loads of smiles as he took one of the candy his dad had picked out. His dad turned and asked him why he didn’t take the candy when the shop owner asked him to and the boy replied saying “your hand is bigger than mine”.
I smiled reading that story, it made me see the boy as one who was so aware of himself and his father and both their capabilities. He could’ve carried the candy himself but he knew that if daddy carried it, he would have more. Very witty for a young boy like him I would say.
I sat thinking of that story today and it made me see that the boy and his father could easily represent us and God who is our father. The shop owner being the world, urging us to reach out and take and take and take; The achievements, the accolades, the awards, and just all the fine things of this life.
I imagine most of us reaching out to grab them all as fast as we can, without even looking out for the affirming nod of our dad or waiting for him to reach out himself and give to us, knowing that our Father “has a bigger hand”.
It brought me to a sobering moment of realisation that God will only sustain what He has given to us and not what we’ve gone out to fight for or grab without His approval. God is only committed to what He has authored and the moment we reach out against His authoring or desire for us, we might succeed and indeed get some sweets, but it’ll never be compared to the quantity or quality that we’d have gotten if our father gave us with His bigger hand.
Jesus prayed concerning us to God the father that “While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me…” John 17:12a
Jesus was only able to do all He did by the name God gave Him. Like Jesus, we will do so much more if we’re patient for the father to give us and not be in a rat race to use our little hands to accumulate for ourselves.
I pray we’re never deceived into thinking that what we get for ourselves will ever be better than what Abba gets for us.
This shouldn’t inspire or validate passivity in receiving from God, it should only challenge us to take and receive as the Father leads us and not as our flesh leads us.
His hand is way bigger.