Holding On by Bill Pike draft started 6/14/20
“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?” Job 6:11 (NIV)
Thought For The Day
By trusting the good Lord, holding on becomes manageable.
The hydrangea bush was a gift.
It came in a small container with instructions for planting and care.
My wife found a good location for planting the bush. I planted it in the middle of a border at the end of our deck.
With time, the bush enjoyed its location and rapidly grew. Soon, the hydrangea produced beautiful blue blossoms.
Even though our care for the bush was consistent, one summer the hydrangea did not bloom. The next summer, we encountered the same.
Like the vineyard owner in Luke 13, my wife became impatient. She was ready for me to dig up the hydrangea.
But like the caregiver in the scripture, I asked for more time. The following summer the bush filled out with green leaves. But, we saw no signs of blooms.
Late one evening we had a heavy rain shower. The next morning I was working in the yard. I stopped to look at the hydrangea, and sprinkled throughout the bush were the beginnings of tiny blossoms.
We live in an impatient world.
Sometimes in life, our impatience makes us want to give up too soon. Holding on can be challenging.
We even might feel like Job and wonder why should we be patient?
But, it can be in the holding on when we learn the patient caregiver the good Lord is with us.
And that can be the moment when we feel the extra strength and hope we need to hold on.
Prayer: Father of us all, help us to be patient in our holding on. Amen
Submitted to the Upper Room for consideration 6/15/20
Rejected by the Upper Room 7/16/20