These words were spoken to me 15 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten them. Two simple words quietly spoken to me in a parting hug from a woman who was a stranger just a week earlier. Two simple words that hold so much power because they point me to the One who has held me through some difficult days.
Her name was Molly. She was a member of a missions team that had come from the southern States to minister to our new church plant and to lead some community outreach events. She knew well the difficulty that was rooted in the words which she spoke to me; she had lived them.
Diabetes had taken her gift of sight as a university student. She married and had a son, but was then abandoned by her husband to raise her young son on her own. Later in life, diabetes took one of her legs. At the time I met her, it was clear the disease was taking more. Yet she was clinging faithfully to God her Rock, her eyes fixed on eternity and her faith standing firmly upon Christ Alone. I have yet to meet anyone whose face shone the light and peace of God like hers did.
She knew what it was to Hold Steady.
When I took this picture, I was attempting to capture the frost crystals in the light of the morning sunrise. But as I looked at the completed image on my screen, the words “Hold steady” were brought to my mind. The busy, almost swirling background brings to mind the daily grind of life in a fallen creation – sometimes overwhelming with schedules and commitments, the sorrows and sicknesses that unexpectedly befall us, the war we Christians battle against our own flesh and sin. It can all be wearying as we try not to get swept away in this current of despair.
Yet these leaves. They are attached to a branch. And the branch is still, steadfast amidst the chaos. And so are the leaves. Holding steady against the swirling swelling tide that encircles them.
“Hold Steady” were her last words to me. Molly has since regained her sight. She died peacefully a few years later and stepped into glory where she now sees our Lord face to face. She held steady to the end, with great reward.
May you and I, dear ones in Christ, do the same.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life…Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior, who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty, dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Jude 20-21, 24-25
10 thoughts on “Hold. Steady.”
This is beautiful, Stephanie. I hope someday someone could say of me, “whose face shone the light and peace of God”. Thank you for linking up with Grace and Truth.
It would be a beautiful eulogy wouldn’t it?! Thank you for dropping by Lauren 🙂
Fabulous post, Stephanie. Hold Steady. Advice we all need at times, may we not only heed it, but give it to those who may be faltering on the hard paths. “Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling…”
Indeed! Precious words.
Stephanie, your photo is stunning, your nudge to ‘hold steady’ incredibly meaningful. It’s so good to meet you on this mid-winter evening. Bless you.
Thank you, Linda! I’m so glad you’re here and were blessed in your reading. Nice to meet you!
This story of Molly is really moving me. Some people have more than their fair share of burdens to bear in this life. I’m glad Molly is now free of all struggles, even though her absence in this world will surely be felt greatly felt by many. Thank you for sharing her story with us and for linking up at Grace & Truth.
I can’t shake this story! It reminds me of something that happened to me just last Sunday. I’ll be including your post at my blog this week as the Grace & Truth featured post.
Oh, wow, that’s quite an honor! Thank you, Lisa!
Hi Lisa, You’re right, I’m certain her absence is greatly felt by many she touched. We really fear suffering here in our comfortable place, but it is the suffering she endured that made her such a beautiful and graceful vessel for the Lord. Thank you for visiting!