What a phrase. We say it all the time, especially when people are worn out or a change is coming. I've heard this phrase come out of my mouth a lot the last several months, as I neared the end of pregnancy and then again with adding a new baby in the mix.
But honestly, every time I said it, I thought of a Koala bear. I could picture the Koala bear just hanging on to the tree trying to grasp its food.
I also thought of a little child, clinging with all his might onto the leg of a parent, not willing to let go but content with being drug along for the ride, as long as they were together.
In those moments of being overwhelmed, when nothing makes sense and all I can do is just hang on for dear life I have a choice. Do I want to be like the Koala bear; that hangs on to all he knows and fends for himself? Or do I want to be like the child; that hangs on to their Daddy’s leg to enjoy the ride?
If I’m honest I’m most like the Koala bear, trying to make it all work for myself. But I need to be more like the child and trust that God is directing my path and my purpose. It may not be the way I want it to go, but if I hang on to Him for dear life, He won’t let go.
If life is trying it’s best to get a grip on you today, don’t just hang in there but hold on to the One that can hold you.
“Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (emphasis added)