Monday, April 29, 2013

Just Hanging On

One sunny but windy day last week I hung out a load of laundry on the clothesline in my back yard.  A few hours later as I happened to look out the window I saw that my favorite turquoise blouse (that I had put on a hanger to dry) had almost blown off by the gusty winds.  I thought to myself, "It's just barely hanging on!" It was actually sort of amusing to think of it in that way.

But then I realized that I was identifying with this wind blown garment.  Lately it seems like there are some areas in my life where I am just barely "hanging on".  Maybe I'm getting lazy. Or maybe I'm tired of the pressure. There are certain problems that I sometimes just feel like giving in to or giving up on!

The last few months have been like a pressure cooker at times. I'm sure you know the feeling. My problems and your problems are not the same but the pressures and fatigue and pain we get from our varied problems sometimes are the same.

I feel like at times the next big gust of wind is gonna blow me off the to speak. And I guess it would if I was having to do all the holding on.  My blouse never did blow off to the ground.  For two reasons. One...I had used a heavy-duty clothes pin to fasten the hanger to the line.  And two...when I saw the blouse hanging on by one arm, I went out and put it back on the hanger.

God does me like that. For one thing, it may feel like I'm just ''hanging on'', but I know that I'll never fall.  Not from God's Hands anyway.  And then also when God sees me being blown around by the problems of life and it seems like I'm barely ''hanging on'' to my sanity, He comes and gently rearranges me back to where I don't constantly feel like I'm falling.  He gives me peace and HIM.

All of this has made me think of a song by Jeff & Sherri Easter called "Thread of Hope". Click HERE to watch Sherri sing it.

Thanks friend for coming along side me today here at Walking in Truth.

God bless you!



elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Oh Marilyn, I understand. Really, I do. Of course, our paths are different, but the discouragement and difficulty of living this daily grace can sometimes leave us hanging limp, dangling perilously close to the ground. Thank God for his grip of grace and mercy that holds us up and keeps us tethered to hope.

I love you, friend. Be in touch as you would like.


Lorretta said...

Know this "holding on" feeling very well!!!! As always, I like your writing! Thanks for sharing!

Jana said...

We all find ourselves hanging there at thankful for a loving Father who ALWAYS picks us up. :) Prayers and hugs my friend!

Martha G. said...

Love this Marilyn. I thank God for His grace. I do not deserve it. But I surely do depend on it.
Love you.

Greg said...


It took me almost 53 years to learn this, No problem is too large that God can't handle and just five minutes of prayer reassures me of that.


Yolanda said...

Beautiful analogy my Friend! I am such a visual learner, thanks for sharing your heart. Love, Yolanda

Lynnette said...

Thank you for this. I some time feel as if I am hanging on by a thread and the thread is raveling and it has been going on for soooooooooooooooooo long!