I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:147
Hope is a breath of confidence whispered into a breaking heart. It is the resounding sense that maybe things can be different amidst torrential emotional tirades. Hope brings about the possibility that love could reign in our hearts once again. Hope is the truth that confident expectation is indeed worth having when placed in the power of the cross.
I love hoping in things. I love hoping in people. I want the best for all opportunities that arise and every person I meet. But the only place my hopes are safe is in His Word.
At times, I wish everything we hoped for was to be. That once we dreamed something, it would immediately pop up on our wish list as granted. If God was a magic wand God…
But He rarely operates in such hasty fashion. And I am grateful.
Many times the things I have wished for have been replaced with reality that far surpasses my wish.
I wished for healing…He brought redemption. I wished for a sip of water…He gave me the well. I wished for relief…He gave me opportunities to serve.
He takes my paltry wishes, often self-centered striving, and turns them into greatness for His Kingdom.
He makes my simplistic wish into something worth having, and my heart is renewed in the process. When I hope in Him it hits the pavement in ways beyond my imagination. He takes the desires of my heart, my mind, and makes them obedient to His will so that they may become a manifestation of His glory.
We all want things. At times we wonder why? Or why not? And we want a hasty magic wand Jesus to answer in an instant. But we have to trust the Master…
We can’t see the big picture. He can.
Instead of anxious frustration, could we allow our hopes to be shaped by the Master? The One who sees the canvas?
We are limited to such a small snippet of the painting. How can we know what we really need?
But God sees everything. Please Lord, bring our hearts desire in line with Your presence . Let us find ourselves dancing under a love that’s everlasting, hope brimming from buckets of trust, hoping in the Only Hope worth having.