I’ve often heard it said, in an effort to comfort someone, “It will be alright. You just hang in there.” Although those words do offer encouragement, I’d like to look at it another way. To “hang in there” paints a picture of dangling out of control, of being vulnerable and exposed. I have childhood visions of sheets and pillowcases flapping wildly on the clothesline in my mother’s backyard. At the threat of a strong summer-afternoon rainstorm, we’d rush to remove the fresh laundry before it was ruined by dust or a family pet running for cover.
I choose to encourage others by saying, “It will be alright. You just stand there.” Because Christ was hung up for our hang-ups, we can stand up with confidence, knowing that our foundation is secure. Why “hang in there” when you can stand still and watch God work a miracle on your behalf?
Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. —Exodus 14:13
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. —Ephesians 6:11–13
From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Order your copy of this Women of Faith devotional now.