“For the gracious hand his God was on
him.” (Ezra.7: 9)
Thanksgiving Day was near, so
the first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment to do; which was to
draw a picture of something or somebody for whom they were thankful. All of the students began to work; one
kid drew a turkey to represent the happy season, another child drew his
parents, while others drew toys or traditional goodies. Most of the pictures can be easily
identified. But only Douglas drew
a different kind of picture. He
drew a hand, nothing else, just an empty hand.
Douglas was a shy boy. He always had a sad face with a gleam
of misery. While others were
running around in the playground, Douglas always stood on the side watching
his classmates chasing each other.
The teacher understood his feelings, so she let him stand by her
side. One can only guess the pain
Douglas felt behind those sad eyes.
Sometimes the teacher would take his hand and walk him here and
there. Other times, she would
hold his hand to teach him how to use tools or to hold pencil, or gave him
some simple assignments.
All of the students were surrounding
Douglas seat, because they would like to know what his drawing meant. Some said it must a farmer’s hand,
because farmers raise turkey.
Some said it must a policeman’s hand, because the police protected
us. Some guessed it must be a
parent’s hand, because they love their children. Or some even said it must be God’s
hand, because He created everything.
Douglas did not say anything.
He stood there without a word, just shaking his head. It seemed that nobody could read his
mind. Not long afterwards, did
all of the children lose interest and went back to their own. The teacher approached Douglas and
said gently, “Would you mind telling me whose hand you drew?” The boy lifted up his eyes, looked
away, and murmured, “It’s yours, teacher.”
During this season of
Thanksgiving, have we thought for a moment of what matters or whom
we could give thanks for? During
this economic downtime, many unfortunate things have happened, some have to
cut down their budgets in order to make ends meet, do
we still have something to be thankful for? Beyond all dismay and difficulties,
there is still God’s hand of grace leading and supporting us silently. Even during the most troubling
moments, His hand still holds onto ours tightly. Because His love will never let us go.