How are you holding it together…are you holding it together?
Or do you feel somewhat like me today…that your world is spinning out of control?
Kind of like…can we please stop the merry-go-round? I want to get off now…
If you are there today, I feel you. Oh, do I feel you.
The world seems to be spinning out of control.
Things in our country seem chaotic.
And my personal life is somewhat topsy-turvy right now.
So, where do I go to steady myself? To regain some semblance of control? To right what has turned completely upside down?
There is only one place I know.
And it comes from one of my all-time favorite life verses:
“And he [Jesus Christ] is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
~Colossians 1:17 (ESV)
“He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.”
~Colossians 1:17 (The Message)
The Greek word that is translated “all things hold together” is sunistemi which means: to join together parts in a whole, to constitute, create, bring into existence, to exist.
Jesus literally holds all things together. Let’s think about that for just a minute and let that thought (as mind-boggling as it is) really sink in. Let’s be mindful, purposeful, and intentional about wrapping our heads around this huge concept. (I know it’s Monday and it kind of hurts, but let’s do it anyway!)
It means that Jesus did not just create world and go away (as some may believe).
He not only made all of creation by speaking it into existence, but he continues to sustain it every single day, every single hour, and every single minute. And without him keeping it all together, it would all fall apart.
So what does that mean for us? How does that personally impact my life? Stay with me here.
Jesus made me.
Jesus made you.
He put us together.
And He continues to hold us together.
He did not walk away after creating us.
He is actively and intentionally involved down to the very second of our lives.
Does that bring you the kind of peace and comfort that you need today?
It’s like taking someone’s hand to steady yourself after you get off the spinning merry-go-round, right? Things are still reeling, but you know you are not going to fall because someone who is strong and balanced is keeping you up.
I do not know what you feel may be falling apart or spinning out of control in your life right now–maybe your marriage, your finances, your children, your job, your health, your relationships, your schedule…or any combination of these.
I encourage you to cling to these words. Find hope and strength in them in the midst of the chaos.
When your life is off-balance,
When the world is spinning too fast,
When you cannot do all that you are supposed to do,
Or be everywhere you want to be.
When you feel the earth crumbling beneath your feet,
When your legs tremble and you feel so unsteady,
When you cannot hold it together a second longer…
Just remember, you do not have to because
HE HOLDS IT ALL TOGETHER.
So when someone asks you: “How are you holding it together?” you can honestly answer: “I’m not. Thankfully, I don’t have to because someone else has that job.”
We need trust and rest in the everlasting arms that are holding the universe and you and me together.
A truth so simple that it might be easy to dismiss, but I urge you not to on this #MindfulMonday. And if there are any of you who have control “issues” like I do, I pray these words bring freedom, peace, and hope. Just let it go, knowing that when you do, your world will not fall apart.
And one more note for those who live or are familiar with northeast Ohio…
I’m a girl who was born, raised, and never left Cleveland, Ohio. I breathe and bleed this city. I have been here all my life and have gone through every disappointment and heartache of our sports teams. One of my distinct memories is ripping down my Cleveland Browns Brian Sipe poster after “The Drive” that lost the game to the Broncos. Yes, I have also suffered through The Fumble, The Shot, The Decision, and many more. Yet, I kept rooting for my home teams and believing each time we got close that it was possible. Now these wins and losses have not defined my life, but you need to be from this town to truly understand what winning last night’s NBA Finals means to me and this city. We have always been the underdogs, the butt of countless jokes, and the losers. But not today! My heart swells with pride for our team, our town, and our people. Those tears you saw on the court last night? They were real. They were for all of us. We all were crying…and screaming…and rejoicing. To them and to us, it is so much more than winning a game. It is redemption and belief that all things truly are possible. I have always been proud to say I am from CLEVELAND…but today it truly is BELIEVELAND!