Hands up to God during a worship service…. sounds easy… looks beautiful…in my head, kinda SCARY! What is it about that simple gesture that stresses me out? Is it that someone might see? Or is it because to truly raise my hands and open my palms means to really and truly open myself up to God? Am I intentionally holding myself back from God? Why would I do that? I love my Father! I am amazed at the fact that no matter what I do, He is always going to be there for me! Silly to think that I would be keeping myself from a deeper relationship with Him.
In the last few weeks, I have been reading a book called MY ONE WORD by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen. (It’s great!) The idea is to discover one word God wants you to focus on for a time period. God pointed me so very clearly to a particular word. I should not have been surprised that when I started the Online Bible Study this week with Proverbs 31 Ministries, He reminded me of my word with this whole #PalmsUp idea. (I love hashtags BTW!)
My word is FOCUS. When I am focused on Him, I am in the palms up position in my head and heart even if I am not physically in it.
A few days before August (and the OBS) started, I very clearly heard God tell me I needed to fast from a few things I love for the month. He wants my focus. He wants my All.
The reflection verse: Deuteronomy 6:5. “Love the Lord MY God with ALL MY heart and with ALL MY soul and with ALL MY strength.” I made it a little more personal. It works!
#PalmsUp, ALL, focus: God is clearly trying to get my attention. Those three things have been in my thoughts and my heart. I know who put them there. (I also know when the enemy tries to make me forget them or twist them around.)
I may still never raise my hands during a worship service at church, but I am working at keeping my focus on Him. I am opening my heart to Him. I am saying, “YES GOD! Whatever you want me to do, I will do it.” And I mean it! I will give it all to Him always… my heart, my soul, my strength… focused… and with my palms raised open to Him!