by Sandy Kirby Quandt
If you listened to the band Kansas in the late seventies early eighties, I’m sure one song you remember is Kerry Livgren’s “Hold On”. I didn’t know until much later Kerry was a follower of Christ, but I suspected it when I first heard “Dust in the Wind”.
In the middle of trying to figure out what I should do, or could do, about the hack/hijack of Woven and Spun, and becoming more and more frustrated with the whole thing, I pulled out a Kansas CD and popped it into the player.
Not that big a deal except just before the moment I chose to look for the CD, I told myself I didn’t want to play a CD by Big Daddy Weave, Rend Collective, Mercy Me, etc., which is my normal morning routine.
To show how very much God is in control, when I listened to “Hold On”, it was as if my ears opened to the meaning behind the song for the very first time.
I definitely never looked at the lyrics as having a spiritual meaning before, but man by the end of the song I felt like God spoke those words straight into my core.
When things around us are spinning out of control and we feel like giving up, hold on. The things we dream of may be lost, but hold on.
Because our breakthrough, getting on the other side of this present time of distress and trouble, is closer than we think possible. We’re right there on the brink of overcoming whatever’s holding us back.
Our tomorrow’s not the same as today. There’s hope for a brighter future.
One verse of the song mentions recalling how we felt when someone stood beside us. It was a face we should have known at those times we try to run away when things get too hard to bear. The question is asked, “Who do you turn to when there’s nobody there?”
As believers we know Jesus is the one standing right there next to us in the midst of our mess; even when we feel like fleeing. Even when we can’t see him.
“Hold On” wraps up with the fact the One standing next to us is outside our door waiting for us to invite him in, and once we do that’s the point where we are on the right track.
That song improved my outlook greatly.
It turned my eyes from the waves threatening to pull me under back to Jesus where they belong.
Are things looking pretty bleak right now?
Quoting Kerry Livgren, “Hold on. Your tomorrow’s not the same as today.”
There’s someone standing at the door, waiting for us to invite him into the middle of our mess, so hold on.
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“Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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