The Parable of the Man with the Withered Hand has always intrigued me. The healing comes from Jesus’ directive, “Stretch out your hand.” How often we go through life with withered hands…hands that pull back in selfishness and self-absorption. What begins with withered hands soon affects our hearts and our minds as we shrivel into a “my way” view of life.
And yet in the reaching out there is healing. In the reaching out there is a re-connecting…in the reaching out there is a re-attaching to the Body of Christ in which His love and strength infuses the souls of His people.
Yes, in the reaching out comes the healing from within.
We are meant to be a people connected.
This reminds me of the popular but erroneous statement ‘God will not give you more than you can handle’. We know God does give some people more than they can handle, but this is because we are meant to reach out to people. We are meant to love and care for one another, and to help those in need!