Hope is a funny word. It’s one thing to “hope” you can still fit into your skinny jeans after the holidays or hope the last pair of 50%-off boots happen to be your size. It’s quite another to rush your baby to the ER and hold onto the hope that he will be OK. Or to leave your workplace for the last time and hope that something else comes along before your savings runs out.
It’s one thing to toss a random wish out into the universe over something fairly inconsequential and label it as hope.
It’s another thing entirely to have life slam full-force into you and be faced with hopelessness so far beyond your control, there is nothing you can do.
You can’t control the economy.
You can’t control unnecessary, random acts of violence or unexplainable accidents.
You can’t control a devastating medical report.
But when those moments come, you can control where you place your hope.
I’m afraid I may have left you with the wrong impression last time. You may have come away thinking I’m incredibly strong and courageous as I stare cancer in the face.
I’ve had some very kind people say such things recently, and while the sentiment and encouragement is so greatly appreciated, the reality could not be further from the truth.
I did not choose this battle. I did not go looking for this fight. But I’m in it, so now what?
If I stake my hope in my own strength there will come a point when my strength will fail. (And for the record, we’re way past that point.)
As great as modern medicine is, and as thankful as I am for the specialists and their knowledge, there will come a point where their knowledge reaches a limit.
So, where can I put my hope?
When your back is against the wall, where can you place your hope?
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid…The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. (Psalm 118:5-8)
My hope is in God.
I’m excited about this new series, Embracing Hope. In the coming weeks, we’ll look at why we can put our hope in God, how we put our hope in God, and what we can do when it feels all hope is lost. I am not preaching a sermon here…I’m processing this as I walk through it myself. Won’t you come along for the journey?
This post is part of the series, Embracing Hope where we are exploring why we can put our hope in God, how we put our hope in God, and what we can do when it feels all hope is lost. To view the entire series, click here.
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