The Shadow of His Hand

Right now I'm wearing a Finding Dory bandaid and Sawyer is hollering "mommy!" from his room. (He is supposed to be taking a nap!) I guess that's a sure indication that I'm a Dad and I am totally OK with that! These past two weeks have been a great opportunity to work hard and play hard. Last week was spring break. So we took the opportunity to visit some of our family in East Texas. We got to see my great grandmother (Nana Grace who is almost 103!), and introduce her to Jahnabell! Then on the way back we saw my siblings and cousins in Arlington. We celebrated my youngest sister and brother's (Sarah Anne and Matthew) birthdays as well. 

This week I was blessed with several great opportunities to learn and grow. I lead worship at the Men and Women's Development program on Wednesday night and on Thursday night at a College Night of Worship in San Marcos, TX. I also helped with a Worship Intensive that our Church hosted Wednesday and Thursday. Several worship leaders from around the country came to Austin for a couple days so that we could serve them by sharing what God has been teaching us as a worship ministry. This time is always extremely fruitful. On Thursday I took the Worship Intensive attendees to lunch with the rest of the residents. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about their ministries and also sharing my experiences with them as a worship resident.

This week I was reading in Isaiah and it struck me how incredible it is that the same hand that stirs up the sea "so that its waves roar" also covers us "in the shadow of his hand." The same God who put his words in our mouths and called us "my people" laid the foundations of the earth! I hope this is an encouragement to you all this week as you run errands, as you wash dishes and clean up after toddlers. As you go about your day and weekend doing all those small things that add up to big things. Let us remember that "the Lord of hosts" has "laid the foundations of earth" and "put words in our mouth(s)" and breath in our lungs when we had none.

"I am the Lord your God,
    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
    the Lord of hosts is his name.
And I have put my words in your mouth
    and covered you in the shadow of my hand,
establishing the heavens
    and laying the foundations of the earth,                           and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”                                                                                                                                                                                 Isaiah 51:15-16

Samuel Ramsey

I am a filmmaker, freelance photographer, and musician who loves the visual art of cinema. My passion is to tell stories visually, combining intriguing imagery with emotive musical scores.