Hold On

August 14, 2008 at 12:52 pm 4 comments

Psalm 55:22 AMPLIFIED

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it]

and He will sustain you;

He will never allow the [consistently] righteous

to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).(A)

Do you ever read a scripture and it lead you to a prayer like this:

“God, that’s a great promise, but I’m obviously not doing so well.  Could you, like, bail me out?  I’m crumping with this thing, unfortunately.  I’d like to think I’m strong, but I guess I’m weak.  Darn it.  Help.”

Has that kind of prayer happened with you enough times, and has he rescued you enough times that you know you can trust him with your weakness?

I have.

If I know one thing, it’s that He respects our weakness.

And I know that I love that about Him.

He stretches us…and he bails us out.

I love that…I really do.

And I don’t mind being stretched.

And I don’t mind submitting.

But, sometimes, I can’t do it any more.  I can’t even submit any more.

I’m just give out, done, spent, out of gas, crumping.

Crumped.

Finished.

So…here I am…awaiting my rescue.

I know he’s sure to come…

right on time.

And he doesn’t care too much what I look like in the meantime.

And I’m sure glad you don’t.

Until then…I’m holdin’ on…

like most of us do on any given day with something or other.

Keep holdin’ on!

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  • 1. theepiphany  |  August 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I was feeling that way a couple of weeks ago about the ministry my husband and I lead. There are times when I get so tired of waiting for my grand expectations to be met and simply do NOT want to be satisfied with where it is at after four years. Every once in a while I let myself get in a discouraged funk and nearly give up, just going through the motions without caring about the fact that I know better than to ever let myself just go through the motions. But then there is always the one new visitor or returning face to remind me that we chose to serve a difficult demographic in a not-so-supportive church scenario for a reason. But I still have the funk for a couple of days. And I’m ok. with that.

  • 2. gchyayles  |  August 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    That is where I’m at right now Maggie. Feel like I just can’t go on anymore. But I know He is there, even when I don’t feel His presence, and so I continue to trust in Him for complete deliverance and healing. Thank you for expressing in words, what I was having a hard time doing. Love you.

  • 3. emily  |  August 14, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I have this exact scripture wrote on construction paper and hanging from my visor above my head in the van. i try to remember to look at it as often as possible which is not to hard considering its in my face. i love it because i believe it!!!!!!!!!

  • 4. mom  |  August 15, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Ditto….Hanging on by a thread, waiting, anticipating, not knowing, but pretty sure, anxious. Yeah, I’m right there with ya babygirl. Waiting “not so patiently” on the Lord, as commanded. But hang strong, when there are more than one together, that is when we are strong. We are promised that. And we are! xoxo

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