cross-trainingParents and kids. Together, we’re pretty handy.

When our children were small, we led them by the hand—to the grocery store, Target, or wherever the to-do list took us.

We held their hand for safety—across streets, parking lots, and through the mall.

As they grew older, a firm hand on the back steered them between people and around obstacles.

A hand on the shoulder, usually coupled with words of advice and warning, came before the first date or the first solo drive.

A hand giving a squeeze sought to give comfort after a big loss on the field and the first broken heart.

Or just to say I love you.

Psalm 139 shows us that God is a hands-on parent too:

“ . . . you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”(Psalm 139:5b-10)

I agree with verse 6: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, . . .”


What positive memories do you have of your parents’ or grandparents’ hands?

In what positive ways do you use your hands?

Bette Midler sings a song about God watching us from a distance. Do you think this is true? Why? Compare this song with Psalm 139.

Why do you think God chooses to be hands-on?

Can you think of a time when you sensed God’s hand on you? (Parents, can you testify to a time when God’s hand was on your child? Share this with them.)