Jill Jarrell Newsome
Holding It All Together
Growing up, I thought my parents could fix everything! Our family would always be ok because of my parents. I still feel like my Mom held our family together in many ways. Dad may have been the “head of the household” but Mom ran the house. She was in our business always wanting what was best for us. Dad wanted that too but it was Mom who was hands on and had the listening ear! My dad held our family together in other ways such as financially and helping us with big decisions. Both of my parents wanted what was best for us. They were our number one prayer warriors! I grew up believing that parents could hold everything together! That is very difficult to think of now that I am a parent!
As I sometimes feel like I am inadequate and everything is falling apart, I remember the One who holds it all together. I choose for God to be the head of our household. Joshua 24: 15, "But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord.” He gives me everything I need. Psalm 54: 4, "Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me." He listens to us. Psalm 66: 19, "but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer." He wants what is best for us! Jeremiah 29: 11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
During this time of a pandemic we may seem troubled by the circumstances around us. The Psalmist reminds us, we too need perspective. Unusual circumstances, sudden changes in our daily routines, pressures to learn new skills, being isolated from loved ones - all of these things require us to remain faithful in our thinking. We must (re)align our thinking with God and His purpose. Colossians 1:17, the Scripture said, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” As Paul says, Jesus is the One Who holds all things together in creation. He brings order to chaos. Although life can be confusing, Jesus is still here maintaining God’s goodness throughout our homes, our church, our city, our state and the entire universe! The Lord of all Creation is holding it together!
In Colossians, Paul has a lot to say about Jesus. He is the One who holds all things in creation together. Through Jesus all things in creation are sustained. Even when life is confusing and unsettling Jesus is the same. Hebrews 13: 8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Even in space there is not some force that holds everything together. There is no law of nature sustaining the things on earth. God created all things and sustains all things. God gives us the air we breathe, the food we eat and our heartbeat every moment. He is the Master of the Universe. We can trust in Him!
During these uncertain times we should look for revival for ourselves and our churches. More than anything else we should want revival. We should be praying for our spirits to be renewed and our lives changed. Don’t waste this pandemic! Psalm 80: 18, “Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.“
When we follow Christ, we are a people of hope. Our hope is in the Master of the universe. He is worthy of our trust. He has overcome the world. John 16: 33, “I have overcome the world.” The Lord of all Creation is holding it together for us! We are a people of hope and today is a wonderful gift!