My eyes flew wide as the glass tipped. Tea flowed from the glass onto the table and sloshed its way around and under everything in its way. I quickly looked up in panic mode. I did not need this at this moment!
I looked into the sweet face of an older lady in my church. “Oh no!” She said, “Let me help you!”
As I went to get a towel from the kitchen, she used napkins to soak up what she could. We worked together and in record time got the spill cleaned up. She was the person I needed, the blessing from the Lord, who was there just at the right time.
As I walked back to my children, I was almost in tears. The afternoon had not been good and this was the last “thing” that I needed to have happen. Life changes over the past few months have been challenging to say the least. This was an afternoon when I wanted to fall apart.
But I couldn’t.
In 45 minutes I was going to have to go teach about 30 kids the word of God and I was in no spiritual state to do that. I wanted to run. I wanted to hide; and I wanted to scream.
My husband finally arrived at church and I gave him the kids and escaped for a few minutes. It was freezing cold outside and I had on no coat, only a sweatshirt.
Tears threatening, I paced up and down the driveway telling God, “You did this! You did this! You did this!” and then I changed to, “Now get me through this! Now get me through this! Now get me through this!”
I have had to come to the conclusion that I cannot hold everything together. And when I read my Bible, I found that I’m not supposed to hold it all together. That’s not my job.
Read this Friend: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)
Did you catch that? In Him, JESUS, all things hold together!
Friend, you and I don’t have to hold it all together because Someone much greater than us ALREADY DOES hold it together. When we feel like everything is falling apart, it isn’t. There’s a lesson that needs to be learned, or a Truth we need to remember. When the mountain seems great and too hard to climb we have to remember that Jesus has already climbed it. In fact, He created it!
If we read other verses in Colossians surrounding these, we find that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. He rescued us from the domain of darkness. He is the head of the body, the church. Jesus is the beginning. We have redemption and forgiveness through Him.
THAT is the Person who holds my life, and your life, in the palms of His hands. Jesus holds everything together. And His hands have the scars to prove it.