“While he was still talking, some people came from the leader’s house and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore? But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was” (Mark 5:35, 40 NAS).
“Holding it down” is an urban terminology expressing coolness and calmness in the midst of difficulty. In this biblical account, Jarius went to meet Jesus at shoreline to beg and plead that Jesus help his daughter. But where was Jarius’ wife and daughter’s mother, throughout this journey?
Could it be that the nameless mother remained back home “holding it down” while the father, Jarius, sought to bring Jesus home to heal their daughter. "One of the meeting-place leaders named Jairus came. When he saw Jesus, he fell to his knees, beside himself as he begged, "My dear daughter is at death's door. Come and lay hands on her so she will get well and live." (Mark 5:22-23 MSG). It is indeed possible that the mother believed that if Jesus came to their home and touched their daughter she would be healed and would live. Maybe she had great resolve and trusted in God while she was holding it down.
Similarly, many of us are “holding it down” while dealing with a plethora of transitions and challenges. We are able to cope with these difficulties because we have an expectation that God will give us the strength to endure. "That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good" (Romans 8:28 MSG). We believe God will not make us ashamed or embarrassed as we “hold it down”. “I’ve thrown in my lot with you; you won't embarrass me, will you? Or let my enemies get the best of me? Don't embarrass any of us who went out on a limb for you. It's the traitors who should be humiliated" (Psalm 25:3 MSG).
So, continue to “hold it down” and remain calm because God will yield divine results. "But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]" (Hebrews 11:6 AMP). So keep HOLDING IT DOWN!
Lord during this transitional season of my life, I pray you give me the ability to hold it down through faith and with all cool and calmness. And while I await your plan for my life, I am trusting only in you. "Though he slay me, I will hope in him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him" (Job 13:15 NAS). I am holding it down because I have resolve that you are a fixer, and surely you will fix whatever my “this” is. Amen.
God's Peace and Good Journey!
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner, a native Philadelphian, is a trailblazing visionary. He is the Senior Pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship of both Buffalo, and Rochester, New York. Bronner founded the churches on November 7, 1999 and November 17, 2002, respectively. Prior to that, he was the pastor of the prestigious Calvary Baptist Church also of Buffalo, New York.