“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein
Listen to God. Listen to the hope hidden in every passage of scripture, breathed in to the inspiration of His word. It’s not over until it’s over.
Until then, there is always hope.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, our Father wants to heal our hearts. The hope that is placed within us from Him will be fulfilled. We can be sure of Him if there ever was anything or anyone to be sure of.
‘He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.’- Psalm 147 v 3- 5
Our God understands the hopes beneath the surface of our lives, the hopes we harbour when all seems lost. He is astutely aware of the hope that won’t relent in the face of lost family members, sons, daughters, husbands and wives.
Hope is no longer hope when it is realised.
‘But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?’- Romans 8 v 24
Hope is not a destination but the beginning and middle part of this journey called faith. Hope transforms itself when it is fulfilled, when the promise is established.
Hope is defined as ‘to cherish a desire with anticipation’, and ‘to desire with expectation of obtainment’. We can see here that hope by definition is something to be cherished not wrestled with. It is the prerequisite to desire realised, if we honour hope itself, we may find our journey towards fulfilment is much swifter…
I am hoping for many things in my life right now, some significantly big things, some less so, but all are important to me. I am learning slowly to embrace hope, to see it as something ‘hopeful’ in and of itself and not a burden.
The greatness of hope is it leads us back to Jesus. He is the only one who can fulfil our hope in this life and the next.
And that, I believe, can only be a good thing.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.