Hi there. Do you mind if jack slap your perspective real quick? Thanks a lot. I promise, it hurt me the first time it hit me as hard as it’s going to hit you. What? Let’s just get to it.
I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time trying to hold it together. Trying to hold what exactly? All of it. Everything. I spend a lot of time trying to hold all of everything together. I work very hard at it, spend a lot of time on it, and expend a lot of my energy on that general task. And you know something…it doesn’t work. One minute I’m holding the left side and the ride side starts falling. So I rush over there and grab it, but holding on to both ends puts so much stress and tension in the middle that it all flies in my face like a deck of cards you try to shuffle and end up sending all over the room.
I just so bad want to hold it all together. But I also want to give it all to God. But my “all” I want to hold, and my “all” I want to give are very different alls. When I give God my all, it is the all that I think He can handle. I give Him the person or the situation in general, but the details…ahh the details. I keep those juicy little unmanageable morsels to myself. Those are the alls I hold onto.
This is something I know others struggle with. You know how you see your own flaws better in other people? Well, this is something I have lamented over multiple times. I have been so upset about the people I love who struggle with this, only recently noticing it in myself.
But think with me for a second. If Joshua 1:9 says that “God is with you wherever you go” and if Romans 8 says that nothing “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” then can’t we safely say that God is always, always there and with us? And then, let’s remind ourselves of Isaiah 41:10:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God. Has. It. All.
Not just the all you give Him but the all that is everything. The next time you think, “God, I can’t hold this any longer,” do a little imagination exercise. Look to your right, and see Jesus, standing and smiling, while holding it. Smile softly at Him and ask, “You’ve had it the whole time, haven’t you?” See His returned smile and hear Him speak, “Yes.” Then, quit wasting your energy on holding onto what God has already taken, and let the one that held the nails for you…hold it all.