Hang On !
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,And delivers them out of all their troubles,The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,and saves such as have a contrite spirit."
"Sometimes all that God requires of you is to hang on to Him."
Normally I’m pretty self-focused. I’m trying to allow God to change this in me. But every once in a while I will have a day or a week in which I feel overwhelmed by the problems other folks are having.
This past week that’s how I’ve felt. Maybe it’s because I am trying to practice the presence of God. Maybe when you or I make the choice to consciously allow God to be part of our daily lives, compassion naturally infuses us.
So as I have spoken to several people this past week, I have found myself feeling awful for them.
I’ve thought about my toughest times. Watching my mother
die, spending the first two weeks of Noah’s life in the NICU, working through the process of rebuilding our marriage seven years ago, and choosing faith as John recovered from his motorcycle crash a year ago January.
And I’ve tried to remember what people did for me that honestly helped me. Number one was prayer. Number two was their presence. Not the words, but the fact that they took time to just be with me while I was in pain. And number three was service. What a blessing to have someone clean your house or bring you a meal. All three helped me so much.
But someone said something to me that really helped me get through. His words gave me the grace to not worry about being perfect or "Christian-ee" during a rough time. He said to me, "Robbie, sometimes all that God requires of you is to hang on to Him."
I want to pass that on to those of you who are hurting. Hang on to God. Just hang on.
You who are dealing with addiction, hang on to His love.