Monday, November 4, 2013

Hold On and Don't Let Go

A few weeks ago,  as I was driving out of my subdivision, I noticed a spider hanging from the passenger side view mirror on ONE strand of web.  Anyone who has seen a spider web, knows how thin the strands of threads are- so imagine a spider hanging on to just ONE strand.  After noticing the spider, my first response was- “Oooooh that’s a spider- He gots to go.” So I sped up, hoping that would shake the thing off the car, but every time I got to a stop, I noticed the spider was still hanging on, all the way to my destination, which was approximately 20 miles down the road.  I was impressed with the spider’s ability to hang on through all the strong winds, constant bumps and stops as I drove down the highway.  Instantly, I was inspired and encouraged.  If the spider can hold on in such tedious conditions, so can I.  So can you!

So often, we go through things that leave us wanting to give up- on life; on goals and dreams; on people; on our marriage; on our kids; and even though some of us might be ashamed to admit it, sometimes on God.  These times can leave us drained, fragile and weak.  For some of us, we are hanging on by our pinky fingernail or even by a single thread.  I’m here to encourage you today, to continue to hold on and don’t let go.  Even when you feel like you can’t hold on any longer, put your trust in Jesus, just as the spider trusts in that thin strand of web.  The spider is confident in the special substance that resides in him.  Guess what…we have something special too!

Our God has given us something special that strengthens us during our times of weakness.   We have the Holy Spirit that strengthens us above and beyond our own natural strength.  It works in our favor and it works when we need it to the most.  When we are weak, The Holy Spirit steps in and provides unimaginable strength. 

One place we can find strength in our dark and scary times, is in the Word of God!  There is so much power in it and it tells us that- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1 .   I want to let you know that you are never alone, even when you feel like you are.  The strength you need to endure is found in Christ Jesus. This is the time to get in His Word and learn more of Him.  Draw closer and nigh to Him.  Let Him give you peace beyond your natural understanding, while you are going through.  Let Him strengthen you to continue on.  Let Him endow you with power to hold on, even when the winds are blowing, the seas are roaring, and the ground is shaking.  Trust in Him and no matter what… HOLD ON AND DON’T LET GO! 
Stay Hopeful,