Do I cling to a life preserver or to the broken pieces of my sinking boat?
Jonah, speaking from experience prayed, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Jonah 2:8 NIV He prayed this from the belly of the great fish God sent to discipline and deliver him.
Standing in contrast with the flimsy, unreliable things of this world, God the Father is a Rock we can confidently cling to in the storms of life.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:6-8 NASB
This desperate attitude of dependence and trust is likely what Jesus had in mind when He said,
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5
You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. Deuteronomy 13:4 NASB
Thou dost keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee. Isaiah 26:3 RSV
Lord, help me to let go of the toys that I vainly trust in, turn to You, and cling desperately to You through the storms of life. You are the Sun of my solar system, around which the concerns of my life fall into their intended order.