The Stuff Worth Holding Onto
Yesterday, my post was titled "The Art of Letting Go." Letting go is easier when we can identify the things that we can always hold onto. There's a sense of comfort in that. So, here we go: 1. Hold on to Jesus This seems like a given and we talk about it alot in that Sunday School sense that Jesus is always the right answer. This answer doesn't always provide alot of comfort though when we are faced with troubled times. We want something that we can see, feel and touch to comfort ourselves with. I want you to open your mind to the reality that Jesus is more tangible than we think. He's closer to us than the skin on our bones and He is always eager to respond to us. When we slow down and take a moment to make ourselves aware of the reality of His presence with us, we can experience His peace and His joy, even in the midst of the most frustrating circumstances.
I am no stranger to frustration. I know what it is like to feel alone and misunderstood. But there is nothing quite like curling up under my covers at the end of a hard day and knowing that Jesus sees all that I am going through and is right there with me. We can hold onto Him.
2. Hold on to Hope I write about hope alot. I think it's because I know what hope means to me. Without it, I would have given up along time ago. God can change anything in an instant. I'm convinced that He delays in providing immediate answers because it's in those long seasons of waiting that He forges our character. It is through the trials that He prepares us for the coming change. He always has good in store for you and He is an excellent reason to have hope. The God that created the universe is always thinking about you and praying for you. He's got your back and He sees things that you don't. Hold on to hope.
3. Hold on to Joy
I think holding on to hope and holding on to joy go pretty much hand in hand. If we know we have a reason to hope, then we always have something to be joyful about. Joy comes with having a thankful heart. Sometimes you may have to look a little more closely than others, but there is always something to be thankful for.
In the midst of uncertainty and pain, we can hold on to faith. We can believe for something better. Always remember that even when it seems like everything is falling apart, God is holding you together.
"Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise." Hebrews 10:23