Hold On

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Ps 16:1

hold on to GodA little girl was very nervous at the prospect of her first horseback ride, even though she was to be perched behind her grandfather, who was an excellent rider. As her parents helped her onto the horse, she cried, “What do I do? I don’t know how to ride a horse! I haven’t done this before! What do I do?” Her grandfather said in a reassuring tone, “Don’t worry about the horse or about how to ride it. Just hold on to me, darlin’, Just hold on to me.”

What good advice for us today! We thought that our day was going to be a “tired old nag” kind of day, but it turned out to be a “bucking bronco” day instead. On days like that, we need to “just hold on” to our faith in the Lord and stay in the saddle. One of the foremost ways in which we hold on to the Lord is through constant communication with Him – a continual flow of prayer and praise. We can pray in any place or at any time. Even a “thought” prayer turns our will and focus towards the Lord and puts our trust in Him. It is when we lose touch with the Lord that we are in danger of falling into panic and the frustration, frenzy, and failure that can come with it. 

The Lord knows the end from the beginning of each day, and He knows how long the current upheaval in your life will last. Above all, he knows how to bring you safely through each wild ride keeping you in His divine peace all the way. Harriet Beecher Stowe offered this advice:

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hold on another minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

Always remember that you don’t “ride” the beasts of this life alone. The Lord is with you, and He has the reigns firmly in His grasp. Just hold on!

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