Hope has been a recurring theme in my life since the end of last year. The Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and the first sermon of the year all had themes of hope. I should know by now that this was no coincidence. God was preparing me. It’s almost like when you pray for patience and then God places you in situations that require patience. I honestly stopped praying certain prayers…I know how God operates and I’m not ready for some things like patience…yuck!
Thankfully God knows me and knows that I don’t openly volunteer for certain opportunities so He often takes it upon himself to prepare me despite my apparent unwillingness and sometimes resistance. Which brings me to hope. I had been hoping for something specific for years and have yet to receive this one thing. The times in which I thought I was finally being blessed with this “one thing” it turned out to be a cruel April Fools joke. After years of disappointment in this one area I decided why hope. It’s not worth it. God’s gonna do what he wants to with or without my hope….my prayers. So I was ready to throw away all hope in this one area. I had hoped for years to no avail…or had I?
My friend shared the following scriptures with me…
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” Romans 8:25
“Who hopes for what he already has?” Romans 8:24
I struggled with that first scripture. If I hope for what I do not have I’ll wait patiently??? What kinda sense does that make? I just mentioned I’ve been hoping for years. So I’m sure you can imagine my patience level at this point. And here we go with that patience word again…yuck!
Then my Pastor shared yet another perspective on hope. The following hymnal lyrics pretty much sum it up…
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.”
My hope was in that “one thing” and when that “one thing” didn’t occur or work out my hope went with it. I had floating hope versus hope that is anchored in His promises. God is much more concerned with my heart, my growth, my character and wisdom gained thru what I place my hope in.
I say all that to say, this year I vow to place my hope in that one thing that is not shaken by the twist and turns of life…The Word. This and this alone brings about life and a New Hope…and dare I say…Patience.
Forever Learning, Forever Growing, Forever Maturing…Forever Trina.
Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!