But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side and one on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:12
I have found an interesting book on my bookshelves, about people of the Bible. I thought I’d dip into it as inspiration for my next reflections, and so, today, here is the first.
It is this man Hur that we consider: a small-part player in the expansive story of Moses and the Israelites. He was on the mountainside with Moses, while Joshua and his army fought the Amalekites, and it seemed as though the only thing that stood between the Israelites and defeat was Moses holding up his hands in prayer, for God to deliver them. As soon as Moses let his hands down, the Amalekites gained the upper hand.
Poor Moses just could not do it; he was old, worn out and tired and he really needed help with this seemingly simple task. Yet with Aaron and Hur beside him, Joshua and his army knew the sweet taste of victory.
Now, we know that some people seem to hold positions of importance, of eminence, they work hard, and we rely on their perseverence. They also get the acknowledgements. We have seen, in this pandemic, those who have kept on, doing much even if they are not in the public eye. We have clapped over and over again for those who work in hospitals and care homes, and for other key workers.
Yet all those people need a Hur, someone to stand at their side and hold their hand. Maybe that’s all you are called to do. Be there and hold a hand, be there and make a call, be there and send a friendly text or WhatsApp, or write a letter of encouragement. This is what gives people the strength to carry on, this may be what God is calling you to do. It is important. You are important.
God bless you.