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Holding the Position

Blindfolded and hands tied to his side, the man attempted to hold his position under great strain. What was going on? Why was he here?

All he had wanted was to follow God’s lead, which he believed he had. Still, comfort felt scarce. Pressure was all around, and why couldn’t he see? Maybe if I could see, he thought, I would endure a little better.

As if on cue, a mocking voice came beside him, “You’re being ridiculous! If God had called you to be here and do this, it wouldn’t be this hard! You’re wasting your time, wasting your life…”

“I know Him,” he said more confidently than he actually felt at the moment. “He is more than able to turn this to good.”

“What are talking about?” the voice replied. “You’re stressed. You’re losing your grip! You can barely hold your position and you’re actually losing ground!”

He didn’t want to admit it, but he felt it too. As the tension mounted, he knew he had taken steps backward. In the confusion, he was doing all he knew to survive. Was God disappointed in him? Was he letting God down? Had he failed?

Seeing the pained expression on his face, the mocker devilishly grinned and continued his condemning assault.

“God’s forgotten about you. These challenges are too great and you know you’re losing ground. Just walk away. Everyone would understand! This is just too hard.”

“I can’t give up on God’s promise,” he said choking back tears.

“Oh really?” the voice railed in anger. “Hasn’t God’s promise given up on you? You can’t even hold on to what you have. Wake up! You’re looking out for yourself and if you don’t no one will. You need to admit to yourself that God’s never done anything for you.”

The silence hung heavy in the air like wet quilts on a clothes line. The man felt the muscles in his legs twitch, straining again against the tension. His head hung low, he slowly began to speak.

“That’s not true.”

“Isn’t it? You…” but the man interrupted.

“That’s not true. I may be in difficulty right now, but you will never convince me that God has never done anything for me.”

With every word, it was as if his senses became sharper and he focused on each syllable pointing them like arrows back on his aggressor.

“I may not be able to see right now, but I have experienced my faithful God. I have felt His comfort. I have known His joy. Situations change. Emotions change. Everything can change, but He stays the same. Yesterday, today, forever–He is good. His love endures forever.”

He felt some strength return to his legs and more importantly, his heart. The mocker’s voice tried to gain position over the man’s words, but the more he praised, the fainter the scoffing became.

Suddenly, he felt a hand on his shoulder. He recognized it instantly.

“Jesus, where did you go?” the man asked.

“I’ve been here,” He replied. “I know it’s been difficult to believe and not see what’s going on, but there was another level of faith I wanted you to know.”

The man felt hands around his head, and he instinctively leaned in. The blindfold was removed. His hands were untied as Jesus stood beside him.

Recognition flooded the man’s features as he looked at his surroundings and marveled. He was in a giant slingshot as Jesus held the band tight.

“You felt the tension in your assignment and wondered if it was me,” Jesus said. “Now you can see, the tension was preparing you for a launching out. You heard the enemy saying you were losing ground and going backward. Now you see, I was pulling you back and positioning you the entire time.”

Tears welled up in his eyes, but he managed to choke out the words, “Thank You, Lord.”

“It’s time for a new adventure!” Jesus enthusiastically offered. “No matter how it feels, I am always with you.”

With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, he looked at Jesus’ hand stretching the band backward and then to the blue sky to which he was pointed.

“Okay, let’s go.”


My steps have held fast to Your paths.
My feet have not slipped.
I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
Wondrously show Your lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.  –Psalm 17:5-7

Does this encourage you? What are your thoughts?

2 Comments

  1. What a fantastic story, Jason! I hung on to every word. Yes, Jesus is ever and always with us, even when we can’t see or feel His presence.
    Blessings, my friend!

  2. Wow!!! That was one of the best posts you’ve ever done. Nothing teaches a lesson like a parable. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and gift!

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