It can be through a friend, a social media post, an advert on the tv, and even a secular song. If you are a child of the 80’s, you are probably humming or singing the song from which I have taken the title of this post.
The bridge of the song goes as follows: “Hold your head up (movin’ on); Keep your head up (movin’ on). Hold your head up (movin’ on); Keep your head up (movin’ on)”
As I was listening to this song, I suddenly realised that this is really what God is saying to me. I know that the Lord has plans for me that are way above and beyond anything I can ever imagine, yet I get so frustrated because God doesn’t seem to understand the urgency of the situation… (does that sound a little familiar?)
When our understanding of time gets in the way of the plan and vision God has for us, we get frustrated and start to question everything God has for us. Our finite understanding of time often causes anxiety in our lives – because we take our eyes off the vision.
You see, the promises of God in our lives are always part of a much greater plan that God has. We may not understand them, but they will always come to fulfilment. Our task is to hold on to the vision.
So how do we hold on to the vision? We trust God and walk in faith. We hold our heads up, and keep moving on towards the promises, knowing that God’s promises are good:
“For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer 29:11 NKJV)
When we get frustrated, when we feel pressured and stressed, we take our eyes off God and fall into our old usual coping mechanisms. I know I do! But, by fixing my eyes on the Lord who made the promises in the first place, I am able to go through my “desert place” knowing that God is with me.
Also, as I realise that hardship is a time of preparation and training for greater things to come, I am able to lift my head up and look to God – and so my faith is strengthened.
As King David said: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?… But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because God has dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13: 1; 5,6 NKJV)
So I will keep my head up; I will keep moving on through the hard times – with my eyes fixed firmly on the Lord and my heart set towards the vision. And God will provide. Now isn’t that sweet?