This is something that God has been reminding me of this year, while uncertainty is everywhere. Some of those things that brought a sense of purpose and satisfaction, swiftly and abruptly, came to an end. Then I consoled myself that it was temporary, and soon things would be back to ‘normal.’ But time has moved on, and with it the realisation that things are going to be different. Things have changed. But what matters more are the changes that God is working within us. We can embrace – yes, embrace – what God is doing within us, if we hold the things of this world lightly.
“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”Corrie Ten Boom
Words can be so easy to say, but are true and authentic when they have been experienced personally! This quote from Corrie Ten Boom is powerful because of her testimony. Her world was destroyed, and she could just have been left holding the shattered pieces. But her story is not one of brokenness, but of God’s faithfulness. By His grace, her experience of God’s love and forgiveness, she was able to become an ambassador for peace and reconciliation. Corrie was able to let go of her past, because she had hold of a hope for the future!
Hope for the future
We can hold fast, with a firm grip the promises of God. God is faithful, and we can trust in Him. It is only by faith in Him that we can know a peace that passes all understanding.
“Let us hold on tightly to our confession of hope, without being diverted; the one who announced the message to us is trustworthy.”Hebrews 10:23 BFE
Everything has changed, and yet nothing has changed that matters.
That is one of the challenges of this year, to question, what have I been holding onto? From where have I gained my sense of hope, peace and joy? To hold lightly the transient, and to hold tight to the eternal. We remember that God does not change, and our hope in Him is secure.
“May the Lord bless you, and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26