Hands Can Create. Hands Can Love.
The Significance of Our Hands
As I traveled on my journey to home, I decided to explore how important hands are. We use our hands so much we never think about it. We have been using our hands since we were in our mother's uterus. At birth, we cling to our mother"s breast while feeding. We use the strength of our hands as early as a month or two to push ourselves over, and then later to pull ourselves to our feet. On each of our hands, the digits assist us in all kinds of activity, even used as to measure length, or width and to count or keep ourselves organized.
We use our hands to gesture nonverbal expressions, such as hello, goodbye, to touch someone to get attention, to show reverance to God in a praise and worship service, or to show appreciation at a concert.
Hands build or destroy, compliment or insult, heal or even hurt. Hands are important to children to learn to do things. Musicians, sportsmen, doctors, writers, and artists and just about all active people cherish their hands.
But what if you lost the use of your hands? It happens if force causes injury. It occurs if someone suffers a health condition, such as stroke, palsy, arthritis, or parkinsonism. The medical miracles of today have encouraged us how to cope, and many are living longer and are functional at a tolerable level. When we learn to compensate for a function loss, there is either frustration or satisfaction.
Born Without Hands
But what if someone was born without arms,hands, or even legs? One person that this happened to is Nick Vujicic of Melbourne, Australia. His testimony of his life became his passion. It is truly amazing to see on his videos how much he has accomplished in his life. I even had an opportunity to work with a young man in his teens without arms and legs. This young man was able to eat, turn pages in a book with just the use of his one foot.
Born with Too Many Hands
What if someone was born with more than two hands or more than two lower extremities as well? That is true in the case of little girl, Lakshmi Tatma. She was born in India. It was discovered on xray that attached to her pelvis was a twin that stopped growing in her mother's uterus. The head and chest atrophied and what remained to grow within the little girl's body was an extension of the twin's spine, two arms, two hands and two legs and feet. The surgery that removed the useless extremities lasted at least 27 hours. Now she is learning to be a normal active child. With her orthopedic surgeries she is able to run and play.
We can not take our bodies for granted. I am amazed how The Lord God is the creator of this human frame, and all that is within. Health is achieved through the activities our limbs. And our soul, mind and spirit will feed from the quality of how we express ourselves, and even how to use our physical abilities for good.
Talking With Hands
Lastly, let me touch base of the creation of sign language. Those who can not hear can learn to use their hands to fulfill their communication goals. And I am totally fascinated with the use of sign language in the regular school system as well as in the schools for special needs children. I look forward to the opportunities I have as a nurse in the special needs classes for toddlers who have medical and developmental compromises, such as autism. For the inventor of the sign language, I say, Bravo!
Let us not take our HANDS for granted. The One Who has created us is praised and honored for the health of our bodies and the breath of life within us.
Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on October 29, 2011:
What a wondful Hub. We take so many things for granted. I love Nick's message - Glory be to God, for He is gracious to all. Thank you for writing this.
mh on November 17, 2010:
I love Nick!
billyaustindillon on July 13, 2010:
We do take so many things for granted and our hands are one of them - sign language is such a wonderful way that they are useful to others. Gives a special meaning to lending a helping hand. :)
prosperous on July 09, 2010:
This article is interesting and it is also true. Our hands are special.
Thank you for this article it is inspiring.
kaltopsyd from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA on July 09, 2010:
Thank you for reminding us that we take things, such as our hands, for granted on a daily basis. Since I play the piano and I also dance, I cannot imagine losing function of my hands. It's so sad that some people do... or some people have extra extremities like that child in India. So sad/
Thanks for writing this Hub.
M G on July 09, 2010:
ok..I have to spill the beans...when I saw this title, I just had to smile..(thinking back hmm)..yes..hand, feet, ears, tongue..all working nicely together...but if one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers....beautiful hub...Praise Jesus!! Sending you a big warm smile.. :)