See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. —Isaiah 49:16 NIV

God is greater than the universe, and yet he’s close to each one of us. He sees you, he knows everything about you, including the areas where you feel stuck and the areas where you want to grow.

He has engraved you on the palms of his hand, where Jesus bears the wounds of his crucifixion. The Bible says, “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). Growth comes as we become more grounded in the faith that God has this kind of love for us.

As Paul prays, “Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God” (Ephesians 3:17-20 NLT).

Food for Thought: We can persevere –as we seek changes in our lives, knowing that God’s love for us is so wide and long and high and deep that he has engraved us on the palms of his hands.