I hope my package comes in time.
I hope my kids remember to say thank you.
We hope about things all day long….and we face many disappointments.
But what exactly is hope?
Sheila Walsh in her book Let Go (which is a fabulous book and I hope you all read it!) said it so well…
“Hope is only as strong as the object or person it is attached to. It has no value of its own…”
Wow. That is so true! If my hope is in the postal service or the every changing weather, or even my wonderful, yet quite fallible family, my hope is rather… um… hopeless.
Sheila Walsh goes on…
“As I sit here today, one thing is crystal clear to me: my hope can be summed up in one name – Jesus!
If my hope is in anything else apart from Jesus, then it is too small. He is the answer to everything I need or anticipate. He is my deepest desire even when I don’t immediately recognize that.
He is my yesterday, today and tomorrow.
When everything fails, He will not.
When I can’t count on myself, I can count on Him.
When I’m not sure how to pay my bills, I can hope in him.
When I don’t know what’s happening in our country, I can hope in Him.
When friends fail, He will not.
When my health fails, He will not.
When I disappoint others and myself, He will never disappoint.
When I want to give up on myself, He will never give up on me.
When I find it hard to love myself, He does not.
When I have no grace for myself, He does.
When I don’t know what to do any more, He does.
Do you see how securely your life is tucked into the very hand of the one who holds the universe in place?
You are loved, you are loved, and yes, you are loved!”
What is your hope in today? Are you feeling disappointed? Discouraged? It’s time to put your hope in God.
He is the only one strong enough to never let you down.
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5: 5