In the light of witnessing the horrific events taking place in Iraq, I found myself beginning to fret. Of course, there are thousands of ways to eliminate fear rationally and logically. However, I was still deeply affected by the sorrows, fear, and sense of complete hopelessness strewn about our world.
My heart yearns for the answer to the prodding yet evasive questions: Where is my hope? What hope do I have?
Sometimes we forget that bad things happen to bring us closer to God. There are words that have been said before: God is close to the broken hearted AND he gives grace to the humble. So if we are broken hearted, if we remain humble in our weakness, fears, and live them delicately human then his forgiving presence will inspire within us the hope that was once lost. He is an ever present help in times of trouble.
Poetry of the past reminds us to put our hope in God. Many people lose themselves because they put their hope in things bound to earth (and are lost by an inevitable end). But I believe our hope remains in heaven…it is our beginning and our end. To put our hope in God is the only logical, conclusive hope we have. Next time, you lose sight of hope, think. Perhaps, it’s been misplaced. Is your hope in the next job, partner, spouse, paycheck? If you find it there, it’s smoke and mirrors. Your real hope is found in heaven.
I believe that if I am to truly live my life, it’s necessary to leave my despair behind. Despair is not going on this trip with me. It just doesn’t belong. Life is full of hardships, loss, fear, and mourning; I believe this is a passing journey we travel where God grips our hearts to bring us close to His love. To desire him above everything else.
We don’t know what’s around the corner of our lives. We don’t know if we’ll be homeless, divorced, if we’ll lose someone we love, or when a life threatening event will come upon us. Today may be that day for many. These are the very times to cast your despair away and remember God’s desire is to be close to you. You are going to a place better than this one here. It is so important to hold onto the hope that will never disappoint us. Everyone has a friend, a mother, brother, father, or sister who needs a hope that will deliver. Everyday, we have an opportunity to offer glimpses of this hope.
This week, be the change. Will you find hope to become hope for someone else? (This is how you become strong again.) Will you find your hope in heaven, and put your hope in God? Will you be a haven to your sister in need? Will you be a refreshing drink for your brother? A comforting word for your father? A follow through with resources for your mother? This week, discover where hope is truly found, set sail, and when you arrive, anchor down. And begin to produce hope for others.
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