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An Open Letter to the One Who's Trying to Hold Everything Together

God Does, So You Don’t Have To

by Vera Schmitz

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” — Colossians 1:17

A reminder for myself (and anyone else who needs it) when I am trying to hold it all together: 

You did not create the heavens.
You did not send the planets spinning.
You did not breathe life into a single human body.
You do not shift the tides morning and night, morning and night.
You did not call the sun up over the horizon again today.
You do not march millions of ants up and down tiny hills.
You do not monitor the slow-moving growth of an individual leaf budding out of a tiny new tree.
You do not see all or know all.
You aren’t before it, or after it, and you do not hold it all together in the in between.

And thank God you don’t. 
God does.

He is the maker.
He sets in motion.
He is life.
He controls and directs.
He is the rhythm by which everything else sets its time.
He sustains.
He patiently watches over.
He sees. And knows.
And he is able.

Thank God he does and is, so you don’t have to do and be. 

You can rely on his power.
You can trust his ways are creative and wild and good.
You can know he has purpose for you.
You can count on his steadiness.
You can depend on his faithfulness.
You can expect his care for you.
You can place your hope in his presence with you.

Today, right now, be convinced that this word is trustworthy to believe in:
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).

Vera Schmitz

Vera Schmitz is the co-founder and chief creative officer of Dwell Differently. She lives in Missouri with her husband and 3 sons.

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