This morning I am at work in a lovely outfit with three buttons missing. I have a button problem – they don’t seem to stay long on my clothes, especially trouser pocket buttons. No matter how many times I sew them on the next time I check they have disappeared- it is a losing battle.
As usual, this got me to thinking about buttons and God. Buttons are used to hold things together and often I battle in life to hold everything together – to fix problems, to stretch budgets, to manage relationships. But yet no matter how much we try things come apart. How often do we tire ourselves out trying to hold our world together only to have everything unravel around us? But the good news is that I am not the button – it is not my job to hold everything together. And if it comes apart it is not the end of the world. God says that he is the holder-of-things-together:
Colossians 1:17 He (Jesus) is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
It is not my job to make sure very thing is ok – God is in control and if things fall apart I just need to rest in the fact that He is in control. In fact the only thing that I should button myself to is God and his plans:
Proverbs 6:20-22 My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. 22When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.
Today I want to leave the buttoning to God – let Him hold all things together – I can’t do it and God never meant me to. But let me fasten myself to Him who is in control.