Although I love many things about my life and the times I’m living in, there are those days when I miss the innocence and pleasures of childhood. Those simple days long ago when my biggest concern was whether it would rain the next day, keeping me from the swimming pool, or whether we’d get a snow day if the forecast came true. Would an invitation to the party arrive in the mailbox? Would my best friend be in my classroom in the fall? Mortgage payments, job changes, health concerns and marital issues were in a world far away–a world for adults. And while the concerns of childhood were a big deal in my childish mind, I didn’t know real pressure until I became the adult. I’m just thankful that God never stops teaching me that I cannot hold it all together!
Once we are the parents, the grandparents, and even the children of aging parents, we can laugh at ourselves and all the little things we thought were world-changing in childhood. Oh, to trade some of the cares of today for those! But we do not need to bear the burdens and feel the concerns of life on our own.
We have a Father Who cares. And His Son is the One Who is holding everything together:
“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.” Colossians 1:17
Life has a way of getting beyond our grasp of control; this is part of the journey. Our nature is to try to keep control of everything happening around us, but it’s an effort that bears little fruit, and can even make things worse! What is the answer to letting go and trusting? It’s not found in denial, or in trying to ignore what we are facing. It is found in looking at the Son–Who has always been. The One Who, even now, holds everything together: the stars, the planets, the seas in their beds, all that is seen and unseen, and even the circumstances of your life.
You will only become weary trying to hold everything together on your own. Trust in Christ, Who never grows tired. If He can hold all that’s been created in its place, then He can be trusted with what concerns you!
Are you tired of trying to hold everything together in your own strength? What do you need to place into His capable hands today?
**The Message Bible