Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Hope is an interesting thing, I'm not sure I understood hope until I felt I had none. When I feel hope is truly gone, that there is no way forward, everything feels completely hopeless, I know what hope is. In that place, I know what I'm longing for, I know when I had it - I'm not always sure how it vanished or where it went though!
So, hope. Hope for me, is a safety and security that is true - beyond feelings and illness. Hope is something that enables you to withstand the darkest night, to keep walking through the shadow of death. Hope is trusting that you are on the right path, even when there's no light to guide your feet, its leaping off the diving board and knowing that there's a deep swimming pool waiting to safely catch you even though physically you can't see it!
Where does my hope come from?
" I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
- psalm 121."
My hope is found in the one who created the heavens and the earth, the one who sent his only son to suffer to pay for hope for all humans, the one who not only loves but IS LOVE, the one who will never leave me or forsake me.
And yes, there are times when things are very very dark, but there are times when things are brighter than the brightest day. And through all of these I put my hope in God.
When I can't find hope, I have other people who find it for me, others who know this God and know this hope, and will hope for me, will trust God on my behalf, with my path and my life.
I want to pray this prayer, feel free to pray it too.
Father God, thank you that you know me and you know my paths.
Thank you that you are a glorious God.
Thank you that you sent your son to provide hope for me and all people.
Help me to put my hope in you, to let you guide me feet whether its day or night.
Give me ears to hear when you say jump, and the hope to trust that you will ensure my safe landing.
Help me to turn to those you've placed around me in times of hopelessness, and help me hope for those who feel hopeless when they need it.
You are The Lord of my life, you have provided all I need and forever will, help me to see that today, tomorrow and forever.
I have to be honest, at the end of this post, I didn't write this with the intention of inspiring you, I wrote it to confirm to myself what God is showing me. I don't have a full understanding of hope, and I am aware of that, but these are the bits and pieces I know of it now. If this helps and blesses you in someway then thank god, and I hope it does, but in all honesty, I needed this reminder of hope myself.