This is something that I wanted to share, because it inspired me, and made me want to strive for the right kind of hope, but also gave me encouragement.
There are 2 types of Hope
1.) Hope for Something
2.) Hope In Something
The hope 'fors' will disappoint us. We often hope in so many things. We hope that we get all of the things done around our house, hope that we get all our work/school work done, and hope that we have a good day. Often, we are disappointed if we have a bad day or don't get everything done that we need too. Hope is just so much deeper than hoping for something, and I guess I didn't realize that.
What do you strive for? What do you long for?
If we really think about it, we all want hope. If we don't have hope we are powerless.
Luke 23: 44-55
Death makes life seem hopeless. Often tragedy strikes, and we wonder if we will ever go on. We feel so hopeless that we just watch and are so overwhelmed. It's like we are watching our life unravel at the seams.
I mean I guess I'm so use to having everything mapped out in my life. I'm the type of person that knows what I want out of life, and I have many big dreams. Although when tragedy strikes or life doesn't go as I have planned, I feel hopeless and lost. I think back to my life two years ago, and Boy was I happy. I thought I was happy. I was dating what I thought to be perhaps the person that I would settle down with forever. I was so tired of crappy relationships, and thought I had found the one. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to go through any more bad relationship situations, but God had a different plan for my life. It was like what I hoped for and dreamed for was no longer a reality.
I thought to myself, "Why God? Where are you? Do you see what I'm going through?"
A year ago, I still wondered to some extent why things worked out that way they did, but I can tell you one thing... Two years later, I know why things didn't work out. I sure I don't realize all of them still to this day, but a few reasons are good enough for me. It was like I was in a waiting period to figure out why everything happened the way it did... And what was going to happen next in my life.
Trust me I don't like to wait, and I want fast everything. I want a fast car, fast driving, fast food, fast homework, and anything fast really. I don't even like waiting on God, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. The waiting part is something we don't talk much about. We talk about what happened, and what the results are in the end, but we never talk about what happened in between.
In the Easter story, they waited for 3 unexplainable days, and the followers were left to wait on God. Friday is known as Good Friday, and Sunday is Easter.
But what about Saturday??? What happens on Saturday?
Saturday is the waiting day. If I look back on my life, I'm living most of my life on Saturday, because I've done a lot of waiting. Is it possible that God is doing his best work on Saturday? I have to think so.. I want to believe that God does his best work ever on Saturday. It's like God does his best work in hopeless situations.
Luke Chapter 24
We have to have hope in the mist of it all. Hope is based on a God that does the IMPOSSIBLE. We can't manufacture hope. It wasn't like I could pull myself out of my situation or I could fix it. I don't possess the power to fix everything, and even if I did I'm sure I would make a mess of things. But God has the power. We try all kinds of things to find hope, power, and fulfillment, but it's in US. God has the power, and he's in US! He's there all the time, and he never leaves us nor forsakes us.
What is in your life that is dead or in the tomb?
I have Christ in my life, and I am devoted to Him fully, but sometimes we still are looking around, hunting for that hope, power, or fulfillment, but we must remember that we have always had it in us.
Have a Wonderful Easter Weekend!