“Majesty, Majesty. Your grace has found me just as I am. Empty-handed but alive in Your hands.” (Majesty by Hillsong Worship).
Most of us were probably brought up with this mentality that in order to approach God we need to be perfectly polished and have to have everything put together. We feel hesitant to come to Him in our mess and brokenness because we struggle to understand how would God even want that part of us. I grew up with that same mentality. I knew I should offer everything to God and hold nothing back, in theory, but I struggled to make that a reality because I felt my struggles were an unworthy gift or not enough. Sometimes I would try to bring what I had to the foot of the cross, but in the back of my head I kept hearing myself say, “God I wish I could give you something more, something more meaningful and worthy.”
Recently I went away on retreat and as I was sitting in adoration that same thought came in my head. I felt I had nothing to offer God and that He deserved more than my struggles and messes. As I came closer to the altar I let myself turn my focus completely on Him and tried to see what it would feel like to be in His presence as He was looking back at me. In that moment, I opened up my hands and feeling just helpless with searching for the perfect gift I said, “God here are my empty hands.” What came after was this wave of peace and a feeling as if God spoke to me saying, “That is the best gift you could’ve offered me.”
Why are empty hands so significant? There is nothing in them. They are open to be filled and used. If our hands are full, we need to first let go of what we are holding onto and only then can we allow our hands to be used. That is not to say that we shouldn’t bring our struggles to the foot of the cross and offer them to Christ. God wants our weakness and brokenness because that is where He can work in us. If we came to God completely polished, He would have nothing more that He could do in us. When we come to Him, completely raw and as we are, we allow God to truly work in us knowing that we need to rely on His strength. But first we need to put those struggles down, we need to let them go and offer Him our empty hands so that they can be filled with His grace and love.
Instead of wasting time searching for the perfect gift, offer to God your empty hands. Allow your hands to become HIS hands, and watch the work that He can do through them.
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