Wholly Beautiful Hands

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…”

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Some of you may have seen this unusual video that Tim Challies linked to on his blog yesterday…

Although we could watch this video and then walk away thinking mainly about how strange Ellen Sirot’s life must be, I think there’s a greater lesson that should draw our attention. As I watched this lady describe all of the things she doesn’t do with her hands in order to maintain their beauty, I couldn’t help but feel a great deal of sadness for her.

“Sad?” you might ask, “Why in the world would you feel sad for a woman who takes home a nice fat paycheck for only pretending to do housework?” And surely with only a surface glance at this story, we could develop the mistaken impression that Ellen Sirot has one of the sweetest gigs out there. I mean, which one of us wouldn’t enjoy having hands with a decent manicure for a day, let alone, for over 15 years?!!

Yet for all of the money that they make, I wonder if this lady’s hands are truly beautiful at all. Of course, there’s no question that Ellen Sirot’s hands are beautiful in the world’s eyes; she has the bank account to prove that, but are they beautiful in the eyes of the only One whose opinion matters? We need only take a look at His description of the beautiful woman of Proverbs 31 to find the answer to that question. How does she make sure her hands stay beautiful?

  • She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. (v. 13)
  • She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. (v.  16)
  • She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. (v. 19)
  • She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. (v. 20)
  • Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her works praise her in the gates. (v. 31)

While a hand model must spend her life protecting her hands to ensure they stay beautiful, a godly woman will focus her attention on utilizing her hands for the benefit of others. In God’s opinion, busy hands are beautiful hands. Although your hands may never end up on the cover of a magazine, you can be confident that every dish washed, floor scrubbed, and nose wiped for the glory of God has enhanced the beauty of your hands in ways that gloves and moisturizing cream never could.

A woman with hands beautiful enough for modeling may be unusual, but rarer still is the woman whose hands stay busy modeling true beauty. Although her fingers may never grasp a nice fat paycheck, in God’s eyes, a woman with the hands of a servant will forever remain a treasure of priceless worth.
 “Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.”
Photo: foxiq 

4 thoughts on “Wholly Beautiful Hands

  1. How encouraging to us! Sometimes it can be very hard to feel…worthy? of anything when “all you are” is a homemaker or stay at home mom. Society looks down on it so much sometimes, and you can feel so insignificant when doing dishes, again, or folding even more laundry, or like me, cleaning up powdered sugar that some little boy decided to coat himself and the kitchen in… But it is true, that we are doing something pleasing to God, and we should do this work knowing that, and giving it completely up to Him!

  2. I LOVE this post. I remember looking at my great grandmother’s hands with wonder and amazement, they were so strong and wrinkled, but so beautiful to me. I don’t remember the last time I thought my hands looked beautiful. I rarely have nails of any length at all and often have paper cuts and calluses. Right now, they’re so dry from the weather and all the dish washing and diaper changing that they’re cracking. Seeing all those problems as beauty marks rather than battle scars is a nice way to put it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’m glad it was an encouragement to you both.

    Your powdered sugar story sounds like a good one, Kelli. =)

    Rachel, what a sweet memory you have of your great grandmother’s hands. I’m sure your children and grandchildren will one day look back with grateful thoughts for all that your hands have done for them over the years.

    • I was also fortunate enough to get a picture of the powdered sugar boy at the moment of him realizing he had been discovered, haha. I’m sure in 20 years I will look back and feel so much joy from that picture!

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