FMF: Hold

The following is my response to this week’s Five-Minute-Friday prompt. This is a place where many people gather, set their timers to 5 minutes, and free-write on a given topic. Today’s prompt is: HOLD.

And, GO…

“Hold that thought.”

We often use this expression to cut into a conversation with some bit of information we think more important, or at least more urgent, than the current stream of thought.

This morning I decided to go back to reading a chapter in Proverbs each day. And so I opened my Bible to Proverbs 16. Very early on in my reading, in verse 3 in fact, the Holy Spirit interrupted me and seemed to say, “Hold that thought.”

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Proverbs 16:3

A marginal note told me that this literally means, “Roll your works onto the Lord.” I spent an hour meditating on this truth, and I couldn’t begin to share it all with you in five minutes. But here’s one illustration that came mind.

Imagine a cowboy with a heavy pack on his shoulders. He mounts his horse and rides away while continuing to bear the full weight of the pack. It doesn’t make sense, does it? Now imagine that same cowboy rolling the pack onto the back of his horse before mounting and riding off. Either way, the horse is carrying both of them, but now the cowboy feels no load, only the freedom of the journey.


There’s so much more to see here, and in my hour of study, I only began to scratch the surface. Did I awaken an itch in you? Then why don’t you hold that thought for a minute, or an hour, and let me know in the comments below what the Holy Spirit said to you.

A monologue written for Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Friday: HOLD

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10 thoughts on “FMF: Hold

  1. I like the analogy, too! That’s a winner, Angela.

    There are times when someone brings
    a whole new way to see,
    to give an old idea wings
    and a bright fresh majesty.
    Consider cowboy, wearing pack
    as he sits astride his horse;
    itโ€™s clear the equine’s broad strong back
    must carry both, of couse.
    That cowpoke doen’t shuck it off
    to saddlebag is kind of odd,
    like the burdens we don’t doff,
    that they’re carried by our God.
    This was Angela Rueger’s write,
    and man, I think it’s outta sight!

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