Thursday, October 22, 2015

Reminders of Hope

Hope is a word filled with expectancy.

There are many things that we hope for in our lives. We all wish for happy families, food, clothes, friendships, love, security, purpose, joy, forgiveness, peace... The list is unending.

Sometimes our hopes are realized and sometimes there is disappointment after disappointment. I believe, though, that no matter what our situation, there is still hope.

Hope is not found in ourselves, but in God, our creator, our redeemer, our Lord.

When we focus on ourselves and all the trials and hurts and fears, it is hard to find that glimmer of hope. It seems all is lost, all is darkness and we wonder what's the use of going on if nothing ever changes and we are stuck in a rut.

When we focus on God we can find a peace that transcends our circumstances.

There are things in my life now that would keep me feeling down all the time if I let my mind dwell on them. But when I remember to turn my attention to God realizing that He is good even when bad things are happening, I do get a sense of peace. I know that one day all wrongs will be made right, and I choose to trust and believe God whether or not I can see the good in a situation.

What are some things that bring me hope? 

Besides meditation on Scripture and praying, there are beautiful things in my life to remind me that God is working in this world. There are relationships with people who show me love, who enjoy being with me, who really lift my spirits.

One of my granddaughters loves to work in my art journal with me. We have a lovely time working together. It's not a masterpiece by any means, but the beauty is in the love we share as we take turns placing things on the page. How could I despair of hope when there is so much enjoyment in her eyes?

(the latest page we did together)

When I look at the beauty of creation, I am also reminded of just how big and wonderful my God is. He holds the world in place, brings each season in its time. In winter when we are so tired of the cold, we have the promise that spring will come bringing new life, growth and warmth.

Then spring rolls into summer bringing lots of heat but also beauty as the flowers bloom and we enjoy the outdoors. When we think we can't take any more heat, autumn comes rushing in with cooler temperatures and a burst of flaming color as the leaves change.

Before we know it winter is back again bringing with it the hope of logs crackling on fireplaces, steaming mugs of hot cocoa to warm our insides. And the cycle continues year after year showing us the faithfulness of God.

Here's a poem I wrote during Advent last year about hope.


Hope comes searching in the night
when belief is wearing thin,
shining glimmers of her light
upon a world fraught with sin.
Can we see her reaching out?

Hope gives us a piece of truth,
healing balm our souls may grasp,
as reaching forth in the night
we seek something real to clasp.
Will we ever find that truth?

Hope is not a fairy tale
giving false security.
Hope is always in our sight
wrapped in clothes of purity.
Why is it so hard to trust?

Hope that comes from God is sure,
shown by prophecies fulfilled.
Jesus came when time was right
His great love could not be stilled.
Will He help me to believe?

Hope will never disappoint,
though shadows try to cover.
Beams burst forth now, ever bright
reminding us forever,
Our perfect Hope is Jesus.
I'm linking up with Erika Shirk and #wholemama where our prompt is the word HOPE. 

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