Take Courage by Kristene DiMarco
Take courage my heart, stay steadfast my soul
He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting
Hold onto your hope, as your triumph unfolds
He’s never failing, He’s never failing
“Stay steadfast my soul. He’s in the waiting”
But what if the soul is on shaky ground?
How does one stand strong when He’s not around?
Stay: “remain in position”
Even in the position of vulnerability? in the position of wearying battle?
Remain when doubts wipe away my faith?
Remain in the position of steadfast when surrounded by loneliness?
Steadfast: “resolutely firm, unwavering”
Resolute in the face of strong temptation?
Unwavering though the questions are a whirlwind of persuasion?
The meaning of steadfast is lost when in the heavy despair of waiting.
Waiting: “the action of staying where one is…until a particular time”
How can it be an action when it seems I am stuck?
How can I stay where I am when the in-between seems uncomfortable?
How can I know when the particular time has arrived?
Is He really here in the heavy silence of waiting?
Is He really sitting with me in the murky depths of doubt?
Is He really beside me in the battle?
Does He really surround me dispelling the loneliness?
“Hold onto your hope, as your triumph unfolds”
Hold on when your last shred of hope is slipping from your grasp.
Hold on when you’re too weak to believe.
Hold on to His promises when He seems to have forgotten you.
Hold on to hope when you forget all else.
Hold on to the promise of presence when you feel as though you can’t go on.
The triumph of His presence unfolds in the hope you clutch in your grasp.
He unfolds your triumph in the waiting.
The waiting you soldiered through
In the waiting
He is here.
Jesus, our Shepherd, has been here beside us all along.