Hanging in the Balance


“Hanging in the balance”? This little phrase floated past me as I sipped on a Jamba Juice in Orlando a few weeks ago. Two young women, intently focused, discussed something that caused them to feel like they were “hanging in the balance.” How often do we face decisions where everything hinges on a yes or a no? 

One friend of mine met a guy not long ago (yay for her!). Their relationship has moved quickly, and after only a few months of dating her future “hangs in the balance”. Everything depends upon one little question and her prepared response. Another dear friend of mine fell off of a ladder while scraping popcorn from her ceiling (I know! Can you imagine?) In addition to being bruised all over her short little body, she was afraid she’d done damage to her neck. She feared the worst and while she waited to hear her doctor’s report she was “hanging in the balance”. My niece has been really sick for the past six months. Her new husband just received a long-awaited job offer – now she can quit her job and take time to heal. For months she has been “hanging in the balance” waiting for this job offer. Bates hangs in the balance in prison, Mary hangs in the balance as she hopes to have a baby, will Tom leave baby Sybil behind? Lord Grantham hangs in the balance as the fate of Downton is decreed.

We hang in the balance every day in some form or fashion. We are never quite certain what will finally “tip the scales” and bring relief to our anxious lives. I can’t begin to number the times I’ve ached to see into the future, to catch a tiny glimpse around the bend in the road. “If I only knew it would make waiting so much easier.” As Bob and I enjoyed coffee together a few mornings ago, we talked about our future. Will he lose his mind before I do? Who will take care of us when we’re old? Will we have enough money? Our cars need to be replaced…can we afford that? How is God going to use us in the next ten years?

Jesus says,

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[d] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

A lot hangs in the balance, but we follow a God who holds the balance.


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