Hold On

I have two dogs whose personalities are very different. Even when we are in the car, their personalities show. Buddy doesn’t move a muscle and sits as stiff as a statue. He is quiet; and you might even forget he is in the back seat. But Tucker paces from window to window, squealing and panting. He makes his presence known. (And make sure you wear a hat.)

When Tucker is in the car, since he is always on the move, I try to prevent him from taking a spill. When I need to stop or slow down, I apply the brake slowly and ahead of time. But something else that helps is to tell Tucker in a loud voice to, “Hold on!”

If we are approaching a traffic light or a stop sign – “Hold on!”

If we need to make a turn – “Hold on!”

If the traffic in front of us is slowing down – “Hold on!”

The other day I was playing some praise music, singing along, and shouting “Hold on!” every so often. Then I started to giggle at how funny this would seem to an onlooker. But then something else occurred to me as well. I thought about how “Hold on” is good advice for us as well.

The right reaction is always to focus upon the Lord and to trust Him.

Dr. Charles F. Stanley

We need to hold on to Jesus, no matter what lies ahead on the road. If life takes a turn, we need to hold on. If a “stop sign” appears, don’t forget to hold on. If the “traffic” gets congested, it’s best to hold on.

In the Message translation of Psalm 63:8, it says, “I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.” I love the idea of holding on to God “for dear life.” Whether we are on top of a hill or down in a valley, our Good Shepherd is there. We need only to hold on.

According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of “hold on” is “to maintain a grasp on something.” And that is exactly what we need to do with the Lord, no matter what we are facing.

I don’t know what you are going through right now. But I do know that God is there. And if you hold on to Him, He will not let you down.

Dear Heavenly Father, the road of life has many twists and turns. But You are always there, through it all. Help us to remember to hold on to You, no matter what. We thank You for Your faithfulness and trustworthiness. How amazing it is to know that the One and Only Almighty God will never let us down. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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© 2018-2023 Bridget A. Thomas

20 Comments on “Hold On

  1. I am sure it would look funny to an onlooker when you sing praise music and intermittently yell hold on 😁
    Love this reminder to hold on to God. It is at those various junctions in life where we need to be intentional in holding on tight to God so we do not take a spill. Love it Bridget.
    Blessings my friend 💙💐

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    • If any other drivers notice, I’m glad I can give them a good laugh! 😂 Thank you, Manu. Sometimes situations in life can surprise us, and we might get so overwhelmed that we forget to hold on to the Lord. I like that you pointed out we have to be intentional. So true! When we remember to hold on to Him, He will keep us on track. Thank you, Manu! Have a blessed weekend 🤍

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    • Yes!!! I need to remind myself of this when I am anxious about something. As long as we are holding on to Jesus for dear life, we have nothing to fear! Thank you for stopping by, Lynn! 🌼

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  2. I love this reminder! Hebrews 10:23 also comes to mind: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”

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  3. Animals are like little humans at times, funny how they too have unique personalities. Thanks for the reminder to hold on! God will see us through. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🤗❤️

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    • Yes! Our pets are like little humans. ♥️ You’re welcome. We have many opportunities each day to “hold on” to God. And what comfort to know He is always there. Thank you for stopping by. And I hope you enjoy your Sunday, Dawn! 🤗

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  4. Amen! Thankfully, God is our faithful shepherd watching over us and walking alongside us. Jesus keeps his eye out for us, ready to embrace us in our time of need. We can trust Him. Great post, Bridget.

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    • Yes and Amen. You said that so perfectly. I love the thought of our Shepherd keeping an eye out for His sheep. That is something so important to remember. Thank you, Rainer. Your words always bring encouragement 🤗

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  5. Love that verse, Psalm 63:8, in The Message–so glad you shared it, Bridget. “Hold on” is basic to our faith, and I love the way God helps us to even do that. He gives us a special verse or song, he sends someone our way who encourages or supports, and/or he provides circumstances that demonstrate he sees, he cares, and he’s with us to see us through. Hallelujah!

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