holding it together

In Colossians 1:17, Paul tells us that everything is held together in Christ. Christ, who is the firstborn of all creation. Christ, who is God. Christ in whom “the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.”

And so we begin our day the same way that we did yesterday, and the day before. We worry and fret and plan and promise and go about our day. We enjoy our cup of coffee and look forward to our lunch break and ease into our sit-around clothes at the end of the day.

And we read the paper and scan twitter and look around and outside and realize – gosh, the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

And we call a friend and complain about our problems; we whisper prayers as we walk through the doors, we fall into bed, glad to be alive, glad to sleep.

And we do it all again.

Truly, routine is a part of life. and truly, pain and problems are a part of life. And sometimes the day in and day out overwhelms up and sometimes pain swirls around and wells up and we cry. We feel hopeless and we don’t know what to do.

And sometimes we want it to end.
We wish that there was something more.

But we think – we think we know – that there isn’t. If this is the life, if this is all that there is, what and why are we doing this?

You, believer, you, friend, you, sister, and I, believer, friend, and sister; wife, mommy, and bible-study-goer, have all asked this. prayed this. and then, perhaps, you’re like me, with a shake of your head, and a bolstered resolution, you go on ahead.

In 1 Timothy 6, Paul exhorts Timothy and the church, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (vv. 6-10)

Our culture – our city – our family – our daily routine is going after something. And is our life to be wrapped up in this going after the world and her pursuits, pleasures, possessions, and positions?
… Or are we, as believers, saved, redeemed, sisters, and daughters of the King meant for something more? something better? Something… more than we can ask for or imagine?

Christ. We have His spirit. We have His Home waiting for us. Heaven. We have Hope. We have Life. We have Light. We have a Savior.

So in the humdrum and in the heartache and hardship, we have One to thank. An Anchor for our hope. A Steadfast Love in the waves of life. We have Him to pursue and love and rest in because He first pursued and loved us. He makes His Home in us; we can lay our head down in Him.

And instead of seeing only the unravelling of the world… we can see that this is the remnants of sin and the New Heaven and New Earth is coming – Christ is coming soon! And we, his daughters, godly girls and women, can contentedly sing and live and hope and sigh and breathe and sleep and do it all again, day in and day out, in and through and because of Christ, who holds all things together.

2 thoughts on “holding it together

  1. What a spectacular birthday celebration!!! It’s nice when they linger on and on and are filled with so much sugar, yummy 🙂

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