five-minute friday: together
On Fridays, a bunch of brave writers gather over at Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog, to all spend 5 collective minutes writing on a single prompt. You can check out her blog for info on how it works and then consider giving it a go yourself! Five minutes. No self-editing. Just real stuff. I never read other posters before I go – makes it to difficult to hear my own words. So here I am for this week’s post, writing on together. And this is coinciding with my 31 Days series on contentment! .............
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. -Colossians 1:17-18
This is instantly what came to mind when I heard that today's writing prompt was together.
Because this week, things have seemed to all spin way out of control. Nothing seems to be holding together the way I want it to, the way I think it should. And so when my husband called me this morning to say his job offer was being reneged due to yet another acquisition by a bigger company and we were back to waiting, I wanted to despair. Also stomp my foot. Because that is so effective.
I grumbled a bit and then out of nowhere (or from the Spirit), this passage of Scripture came to mind. Colossians seems to be my song lately. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
The deal is that I am in Him. Because I have the indwelling life of the Son of God and I am hidden in Christ and Christ is in God. It's like this Sarah-and-the-Trinity sandwich (I hope that is not sacrilegious). But I am in Him and that is where all things are held together.
We may not be employed come the start of the new year. We may not resolve some conflict and we may not get our anniversary vacation and we may not qualify for the scholarships and financial aid we're hoping for (yeah, we decided now would be a good time for the mister to go back to school - how good is our timing?!).
But we are in Christ.
And in Him all things hold together.
So I don't need to fear or worry (although I probably will) that all the things are going to fall apart. But even in my worry I can press into the One in Whom all things are holding together. So that He will have first place in everything, even my distress.
If this thing has come into my life, it means it first passed through God the Father and God the son (remember that holy sandwich?) and when it arrives at me, it finds me filled with the Spirit....so I can take a deep breath and not fear.
All things are held together in Christ Jesus.