When You’re Hanging on by a Thread
Hold Tighter, Keep Praying, and Don’t Let Go
by Joanne Troppello
Have you ever felt like you were hanging on by a thread and you didn’t know how much longer you could take—of whatever issue or problem you were dealing with? I can totally relate. It’s not a great feeling. However, in those moments when I’m open to the Holy Spirit’s leading, I’m able to accept God’s peace that truly does pass all understanding.
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:5-7 (NKJV)
Of course, there are other times when I’m hanging on to that thin thread of sanity—or insanity—and don’t grasp onto God’s peace and comfort. He is always there waiting for me to fall into His loving arms for comfort through difficult times. I’m the one who walks away from Him.
That passage of scripture continues in verses 8 and 9 to let us in on more secrets toward obtaining that peace—in addition to praying and being thankful (as shown in verse 6).
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. – Phil 4:8-9 (NKJV)
Paul wrote the book of Philippians while he was in prison (for the first time) in Rome in AD 64. Paul sent this letter to express his thanksgiving for the church at Philippi having sent Epaphroditus to go and minister to him while he was in prison. This book shares many times about having joy as a Christian and serving others.
In verse 8 of this passage, Paul shares that as Christians we should mediate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. He encouraged the church in Philippi to do the things that they learned, received, and heard from him. If they would do those things, the “God of peace” would be with them.
Lesson for Today
I’m speaking to myself even as I write these words. This passage is a reminder to me to stop focusing on my problems and start focusing on God. They are a reminder to me that I need to meditate on good things so I can be at peace. That means less time scrolling through my social media newsfeeds and more time spent creating (with my work and writing), more time spent with God in prayer and reading the Bible, and more time spent with family and friends.
Life is not easy. I’ve never expected it to be all rosy. However, in those times when I am hanging on by a thread, I need to be triggered to focus on the Lord and the good things in my life.
What do you do when you are hanging on by a thread?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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