Let’s just face it. Life can be pretty tough some days.
Have you ever gotten up in the morning, minding your own business, trying to simply get awake, when suddenly, “Meow! Hiss!!”… you’ve stepped on the cat’s tail? Or a family member (who will remain anonymous until further investigation) has left something fairly heavy in the middle of the floor, and your foot painfully discovers it on your way to the bathroom? Already, you know it’s going to be one of those days where you feel you would be better off (not to mention safer) jumping back into bed!
Some days, life feels like a merry-go-round ride where you’re spinning furiously and hanging on for dear life! My family has experienced this literally since my wife Tonya’s stroke in December 2011. She herself was hanging on to her very own life the first few days after it happened, while our sons and I were hanging on to every thread of hope for God to spare her, which, praise God, He gloriously did!!
I’m a firm believer that there are days when all you can do is jump on this merry-go-round of life and hold on for the duration of the ride. During times like these, I’ve heard some people exclaim when asked how things are going, “I’m hangin’ in there”! And truthfully, it’s a struggle some days just to survive – to continue grasping with all your might God’s rope of faith, hoping not to let go and fall spiritually, crashing to the ground.
Thankfully, you do not have to try to cling to this life in Christ solely on your own strength. In Isaiah 41:10, not only does God’s Word reveal why you do not need to fear, it also reminds you that you have One who will help you hang on through every storm. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
First, He will provide you His own strength to hold firm. He is like a coach cheering his players on, instructing them from the sidelines. He will support you when your trials come, reminding you He always will be near. What encouragement!
Then, if the battle increases, making holding on extremely harder, He promises He will be ready to help you. He moves from the sidelines to right behind your back as you face your burden, ready to catch you if you fall. What comfort to know!
And, for those moments when your trial becomes so heavy it seems virtually impossible to hang on, this same God we serve gives you the assurance that He will hold you up by His strong and mighty hand! In such struggles as these, He will wrap His loving arms around you and give you strength to press on and finish the battle. What a mighty God!
So when you feel like the day is starting out all wrong, and all you can do is just “hang in”, remember these awesome words of promise in God‘s Word, and trust Him to strengthen, help and uphold you. You may not be able to stand up by your own power, but His righteous hand is fully capable!