It's In Your Hands 

When I read of an unthinkable tragedy, one like the 2 year old who was killed by an alligator at Disney World, or a child who is kidnapped and never to be found, my mind often goes to the parents.  I wonder, “how on earth can they go on?”  “How can they survive such pain?” 
  
That was one of the thoughts I had when I wrote, “It’s In Your Hands.”  I thought back to times in my life I was inconsolable. When nothing would relieve the pain.  I couldn’t sleep, could not find any peace or enjoyment in life. 
  
I have been at that place as the first line of the song says:  “There is no peace, there is no sleep, this heavy heart is hurting deep.  I toss and turn in my bed at night, trying hard to make it right, oh Lord, I need relief.”   I’m sure all of us have experienced that kind of pain. Maybe not the grief of losing a child, which has to be immeasurable.  But, we have had our heart broken.  It is a horrible pain.  It feels like it will never end.  Eternal sleep at that point sounds like a nice option. 
  
But, God has something better for us than the things we so often use to give us relief:  medication, isolation, overeating or drinking, shopping. numbing out.   He has His peace which passes understanding.  We have the hope that He does care for us and our situation. That we WILL find relief in Him. That He is the God of the Universe and more powerful to help us than anything or anyone else. 


  
This song, “It’s In Your Hands” is my song of surrender.  To completely give my deepest cares to Christ.   To place them in His mighty hands while I bow at His feet humbly knowing I can't do it anymore.  I can't hold onto it. I can't try to fix it. I can't think it right.  I'm done.  He can have it all. 
  
And THAT is when the healing begins.  He asks us to cast our cares to Him.  1 Peter 5:7: "Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you."  And yes, sometimes the load we cast is a heavy one.  One that is so deep in our heart that we wonder, “can He be trusted with this?!”  “This is so deep and so painful, it is my very life, how can I let it go?!”  

In a line from the song it says: “There is no safer place, than when I trust in faith.”  - Yes.  With our very lives. Jesus Christ is a safe confidant, He is a safe friend.  He is a safe place to rest our head.  When we are grieving or just in fear of what might be, there is no better place to be than in the most loving and most compassionate hands.  He will take the immense pain or fear and turn it to peace and eventually to joy.  We will find as the bible promises in Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”   We can mourn what was lost, but rest in the protection and peace He brings.  
  
Whatever your pain or worry or regret – He CAN be trusted.  He DOES know us better than we do.  He DOES have a plan that will work things for the good when we trust in Him and ask for His will. 
  
Some pain in this lifetime may forever be remembered, but we don’t have to hold onto it as a memorial.  We can place it in the most sacred and protected place.  In the beautiful hands of Jesus Christ.  We can rest knowing He cares for those we love more than even we could.  How wonderful we will have an eternity, where we are promised that all pain will be completely wiped away, to worship at His feet. 

31 comments

  • Nell Gray
    Nell Gray palestine,tx
    I love this song

    I love this song

  • Dianna Mikes
    Dianna Mikes Sistersville, WV
    Beautiful. Looking forward to hearing more of your songs.I really needed to read and hear this tonight.Grieving for a child that our Church has been praying for ,for many months, Jack Rollins.He lost his battle with cancer today.God Bless you! !!

    Beautiful. Looking forward to hearing more of your songs.I really needed to read and hear this tonight.Grieving for a child that our Church has been praying for ,for many months, Jack Rollins.He lost his battle with cancer today.God Bless you! !!

  • Gretchen Keskeys
    Gretchen Keskeys
    Thank you Nell and Dianna. Dianna, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this precious child to cancer. I am thanking God that this song could be a comfort. Much love in Christ to you.

    Thank you Nell and Dianna. Dianna, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this precious child to cancer. I am thanking God that this song could be a comfort. Much love in Christ to you.

  • Kathy
    Kathy Columbia, sc
    Beautiful song! I have been able to release alot of pain and loss this past year!

    Beautiful song! I have been able to release alot of pain and loss this past year!

  • Ruth Beatty
    Ruth Beatty Mahaffey,PA
    This is a Beautiful Song and it touched my Heart!! Thank God we have Him to Go to!!♡♡

    This is a Beautiful Song and it touched my Heart!! Thank God we have Him to Go to!!♡♡

  • Becky Dale
    Becky Dale Mississippi
    Thank you for your great blog and this beautiful song you created! It sure does give me hope when I think about the losses in my life. Also it gives me hope for America during this election year. "It's in His hands!"God bless America

    Thank you for your great blog and this beautiful song you created! It sure does give me hope when I think about the losses in my life. Also it gives me hope for America during this election year. "It's in His hands!"God bless America

  • Mary Reed
    Mary Reed Texas
    I just want to say Thank You. I need this right now. The words spoke my heart today. Beautiful song.

    I just want to say Thank You. I need this right now. The words spoke my heart today. Beautiful song.

  • Georgia Bond
    Georgia Bond Mississippi
    Such a beautiful song with a message that we can use at this time. God is the only one that can bring us Peace after loosing someone we love.

    Such a beautiful song with a message that we can use at this time. God is the only one that can bring us Peace after loosing someone we love.

  • Janice novak
    Janice novak caldwell ohio
    Beautiful song

    Beautiful song

  • Tetesa Weed
    Tetesa Weed Sealy Texas
    A real blessing.you hsve much talent. Thank you for the comfort

    A real blessing.you hsve much talent. Thank you for the comfort

  • Shirley Sadler Bowen
    Shirley Sadler Bowen Buffalo Junction, VA
    WOW! This is the "most" beautiful song I've heard in a "very" long time! I lost a daughter (29) and grandson (2) in 1999 in a horrific car accident and this song touched my heart in a such a soulful, beautiful way! Thank you for writing, singing, and sharing it with those of us who have loved and lost.... I KNOW I WILL see them again one day soon! It is, also, a wonderful song that I KNOW will touch the hearts of many with all the tragedies in the world right now. Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful blessing of song by Gretchen Keskeys! Bless her Lord as she ministers to us who are grieving, in pain, and suffering with the words of this song. Much love in Christ to you Gretchen, Shirley Bowen

    WOW! This is the "most" beautiful song I've heard in a "very" long time! I lost a daughter (29) and grandson (2) in 1999 in a horrific car accident and this song touched my heart in a such a soulful, beautiful way! Thank you for writing, singing, and sharing it with those of us who have loved and lost....
    I KNOW I WILL see them again one day soon! It is, also, a wonderful song that I KNOW will touch the hearts of many with all the tragedies in the world right now. Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful blessing of song by Gretchen Keskeys! Bless her Lord as she ministers to us who are grieving, in pain, and suffering with the words of this song. Much love in Christ to you Gretchen, Shirley Bowen

  • Becca
    Becca Columbia, SC
    Beautiful message. ..I need to soak this in more each day. Thank you

    Beautiful message. ..I need to soak this in more each day. Thank you

  • Arlene Nunes
    Arlene Nunes Taunton, MA
    Beautiful song love the lyrics so nicely put God Bless you

    Beautiful song love the lyrics so nicely put God Bless you

  • MARTHA WEBB
    MARTHA WEBB SC
    I HAVE 2 CHILDREN NOW TRAVELING WITH OUR LORD...1996 AND 2006....MY HUSBAND 2002..MY MOTHER,1999....I NEVER SHED A TEAR,JUST PRAISED THE LORD BECAUSE THEY WERE NOW AT HOME WITH HIM....I THANK GOD THAT THEY WERE PART OF MY LIFE FOR A FEW YEARS...........I WILL SEE THEM AGAIN SOON..THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL SONG...........SO TRUE..GIVE IT ALL TO JESUS

    I HAVE 2 CHILDREN NOW TRAVELING WITH OUR LORD...1996 AND 2006....MY HUSBAND 2002..MY MOTHER,1999....I NEVER SHED A TEAR,JUST PRAISED THE LORD BECAUSE THEY WERE NOW AT HOME WITH HIM....I THANK GOD THAT THEY WERE PART OF MY LIFE FOR A FEW YEARS...........I WILL SEE THEM AGAIN SOON..THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL SONG...........SO TRUE..GIVE IT ALL TO JESUS

  • Karen
    Karen Conroe Texas
    Love this song, Praying for a Mother fighting for custody of her child.

    Love this song, Praying for a Mother fighting for custody of her child.

  • June
    June San Angelo, Texas
    The only consolation I have for my pain of loss is that I will be joining them soon. I fear the transition but, oh the joy when I arrive safely home.

    The only consolation I have for my pain of loss is that I will be joining them soon. I fear the transition but, oh the joy when I arrive safely home.

  • Dianne B
    Dianne B Pflugerville Tx
    What a gift you gave been graced with - 2 actually - words and an angelic voice. God bless you sweet lady and may many hearts be consoled by your faith and talents. Certainly touched me.

    What a gift you gave been graced with - 2 actually - words and an angelic voice. God bless you sweet lady and may many hearts be consoled by your faith and talents. Certainly touched me.

  • Melanie Linder
    Melanie Linder Rosharon Texas
    Beautiful song. I strive hard to put all in the Lord's hands. I believe that He is my refuege and has saved me in more ways than I know. My daughter left to go love somewhere else 4 days ago and it has been hard because she left and needs help and will not let me help her. Losing a child even in life is very heartbroken. I have to pray for God to protect her and make the plan the right one for her and me too. Thank you for this song. It touched my soul. Hugs

    Beautiful song. I strive hard to put all in the Lord's hands. I believe that He is my refuege and has saved me in more ways than I know. My daughter left to go love somewhere else 4 days ago and it has been hard because she left and needs help and will not let me help her. Losing a child even in life is very heartbroken. I have to pray for God to protect her and make the plan the right one for her and me too. Thank you for this song. It touched my soul. Hugs

  • Denise
    Denise Bastrop Tx
    This is the most beautiful song. Crying my eyes out. Just amazing awesome. The Holy sprit was with me as this song played. What a talent you have to share. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless you

    This is the most beautiful song. Crying my eyes out. Just amazing awesome. The Holy sprit was with me as this song played. What a talent you have to share. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless you

  • Marian Le Boff
    Marian Le Boff Houston, TX
    Thank you for putting into words and song what many have experienced. Thank you for sharing your testimony. Thank you for helping to bring peace and solace to many.

    Thank you for putting into words and song what many have experienced. Thank you for sharing your testimony. Thank you for helping to bring peace and solace to many.

  • Mary
    Mary Fort Worth, Texas
    What a beautiful song with a heartfelt message. You're a talented writer and singer. it's obvious in your music that God is using you and your talent to minister to people.

    What a beautiful song with a heartfelt message. You're a talented writer and singer. it's obvious in your music that God is using you and your talent to minister to people.

  • Gretchen Keskeys
    Gretchen Keskeys
    I am so touched by your comments. Thank you and to God be the glory.

    I am so touched by your comments. Thank you and to God be the glory.

  • Vickie Campbell
    Vickie Campbell Clute, Texas 77531
    Lost my daughter 4 months ago, still like yesterday. Hit by a big truck head on in an open 4 wheeler. This song will be played often to remind me of her being in his hands.

    Lost my daughter 4 months ago, still like yesterday. Hit by a big truck head on in an open 4 wheeler. This song will be played often to remind me of her being in his hands.

  • Rosella davis
    Rosella davis
    Absolutely beautiful.

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Gigi
    Gigi Pittsburgh pa
    I needed this uplifting. I have been very sad. I lost a son when he was 20 yrs old. Now I lost my 71 yr old husband who ran off with a mentally ill 39 yr old. I am crying a lot today. Thank you for this song .

    I needed this uplifting. I have been very sad. I lost a son when he was 20 yrs old. Now I lost my 71 yr old husband who ran off with a mentally ill 39 yr old. I am crying a lot today. Thank you for this song
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  • ABarb Shelp
    ABarb Shelp Scranton, PA
    Beautiful, TY for sharing

    Beautiful, TY for sharing

  • Diana
    Diana Utica, NY
    I'm just recently beginning a battle for my life with cancer and this song is right on time for me. I am at His feet, laying it all down to Him. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you .

    I'm just recently beginning a battle for my life with cancer and this song is right on time for me. I am at His feet, laying it all down to Him. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you .

  • Joyce E. Bennett
    Joyce E. Bennett Dunkirk, In
    Beautiful, Oh how true, all is in God's hands.

    Beautiful, Oh how true, all is in God's hands.

  • Karena Kramer
    Karena Kramer Evansville In
    Thank you for your songs and for this teaching. As I face uncertainty and feel completely lost most of the time this post is exactly what I needed at this very time. I am a Christian and a child of God almighty, but there are still times that I try to carry my burdens alone. Sometimes feeling that since I created my burdens myself I should not always expect God to carry them for me. But I'm getting better at giving them to him and just realizing knowing that he is big enough and strong enough to carry me through them all while bringing me to better places. Thank you for sharing this... Your words have taken me back to place that I seem to have wondered away from. God bless you. And please don't ever stop sharing your songs or your words. You are making a difference in lives of people that need it.

    Thank you for your songs and for this teaching. As I face uncertainty and feel completely lost most of the time this post is exactly what I needed at this very time. I am a Christian and a child of God almighty, but there are still times that I try to carry my burdens alone. Sometimes feeling that since I created my burdens myself I should not always expect God to carry them for me. But I'm getting better at giving them to him and just realizing knowing that he is big enough and strong enough to carry me through them all while bringing me to better places. Thank you for sharing this... Your words have taken me back to place that I seem to have wondered away from. God bless you. And please don't ever stop sharing your songs or your words. You are making a difference in lives of people that need it.

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    Stella USA
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