Many books talk about hope, many pastors preach about hope, many people make wishes and put their hopes in it.
But actually, what’s in a hope..?
In one of my services in church last week, my pastors said, hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us. (Heb 6:19 MSG)
Hope is like an anchor that holds our boat so it won’t float away and got carried away by the waves.
The thing is, sometimes people cries out their prayers and hopes, and the reality turns like their prayers are unanswered and their hopes fall down and crush. And when it is, people stop making prayers and turn down their hopes.
God has promises us a lot of things, and His promises in our life is not about something bad, yet it’s something beautiful. As said in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
So, The Bible has clearly noted, that God has prepared the future we hope for. Then if we lose our hopes, or we started to stop hoping, we are really going to lost all of the best and beautiful and amazing things that God has prepared for us.
It’s never a problem if our hopes fell down someday, but it never means that we have to stop hoping as well. Some failure, disappointment and washed-out maybe have to happened before finally we got our consolation prize.
Let’s imagine our life as a puzzle that is assembled by a thousand pieces. The whole picture is about a beautiful scene where the sun shines so bright, there is a green grass field with flowerbeds above, birds that fly and chirping in the air, a rainbow that hangs in the middle of the sky, a river that flows it’s sparkling water all the way down with some little tiny rocks around. A beautiful picture that makes us want to hang it on our living room.
Failure, disappointment, washed-out moments may be a little pieces like the rock piece on our puzzle. It’s dark, it’s hopeless, it’s frightening, that we feel discourage to move on and go through.
This is the time when we have to wake up and have another point of view. That little black piece, is just a little piece of our big beautiful puzzle. Yes, it has to be there, because if it isn’t, we won’t have a whole picture of the beautiful scenery. So does with those black moments, it has to be there, we might have to feel disappoint or hopeless or washed out – so we can see that in the end, it is something that helps us build our whole puzzle. To have that beautiful picture, we have to let those things happened in our life.
Then, take control to what happened. True, we can’t control what happened in us, but we can control what happened in us.
However bad our disappointment was or how close you are about to fall from the edge, just get up and do your part and have faith that God will bring the best for you. He will save you, and our hopes in Him never disappoint us, for any hope that we cast in the name of God is our one thing that will make us steady in time and trial.
And remember, don’t lose hope just because you have had those black moments, because hope is about the future, not the past. Whatever happened, has happened, we can’t change it, but we can change our future, put another hope in it, move on and arrange our puzzle to be a whole, beautiful, amazing, breathtaking picture.
Inspired by Ps. Jose Carol’s (@JoseCarol) preach about ‘Drifted’ and Ms. Hellen Siska’s (@HellenSiska) share about hope.