While living in Portland, Oregon, I walked into a church service where the following lines were being sung over and over – “hold on just a little bit longer, everything is going to be alright.”
It’s very easy to get caught up in the momentum when everyone is singing the same tune, swaying about and clapping their hands. But what happens when the service is finished, fellowship and coffee time are over and we’re headed out the door? How long can we carry forward the emotional impact and enthusiasm of words such as these before we start becoming discouraged and think, that while those were nice words and they made us feel good at the time, can we really trust the message?
How do we really know things are going to be alright? We strive relentlessly towards our goals and, when we don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, we start thinking we never will. Questions like, “how long can we keep doing this without results,” or “maybe this isn’t what we’re supposed to be doing because if it was we should have gotten somewhere by now.” plague us. It’s not easy holding on when we’re not even sure if we should anymore.