When I saw the word ‘reach’ for this weeks 5-Minute Friday I immediately thought of Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, “God and Adam”. Often, only the hands are shown but if one looks and gives some thought to what he was trying to say it’s not hard to understand that the artist is depicting the relationship of God and Man.
Notice that God is reaching down with His right hand while Adam is reaching up with his left. The right hand is often a symbol of strength while the left is one of weakness. That is exactly what is portrayed in this painting. God’s hand (on the right) shows great strength as it strains to touch the weak left hand of Adam. Paul speaks of this concept in 1 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
Mighty God, let me know Your touch! Let me reach out to You and know the grace that passes all understanding. Give me the strength to reach out to those around me. Make it so in the Precious and Holy name of Jesus!