The word “Hope” is tattooed on my wrist. A daily reminder of the hope that lies within me.
I am a word person.
I love looking up words and their meanings. I love seeing words penned, painted or carved on something.
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes the word HOPE: “To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.”
Baker’s Evangelical dictionary of biblical theology’s description of Hope: “To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone or to expect something beneficial in the future.”
Throughout the bible the word hope is displayed for our weary hearts to grab hold of.
Romans 12:12- “Rejoice in our confident HOPE. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future of HOPE.”
Romans 15:13- “I pray that God the source of HOPE will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
These words are so beautiful and encouraging.
He is our HOPE!
It’s not as if we are wishing to have him. He is the real deal in our lives, if we let Him be our HOPE.
It was 1985, I was a young, wide-eyed bride. The future was filled with hope and all of my dreams laid before me, etched in detail. We got into our 1965 cream-colored VW bug, on our way to the airport for the lovely honeymoon in Hawaii. We were in love. All I had HOPED for was playing out and my heart was filled up.
Remember when your heart was light and full of cheer?
Remember when you had hoped for a great future where all of your hopes and dreams would come true?
Are you still hopeful?
Have you lost your way?
It was the year 2009 Same bride, now a tired woman. Weary, sad and heartbroken.
We had our mountain highs of love. Our disagreements came and went. Living in peace and harmony was a silent goal. But the years past and my hope seemed to have disappeared. The distance between us was no longer in my imagination. The empty house without him echoed louder as night fell. My hope seemed gone, gone for good.
We were both standing at the pit ready to take off our wedding bands and throw them in.
But Hope came like a life boat. Ready to rescue us from ourselves.
Psalm 43:5- “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again-My savior and my God.”
Somewhere along the journey, I put my hope in the man I married and he in me. We both let each other down. We didn’t mean to fail but the reality was, we were mere humans full of flaws and deceit.
When we took our eyes off of God we began to sink. Tired of trying to hold on, slowly losing our way, the Savior came in the darkness of the night.
Psalm 138:3- “In the day when I cried out. You answered me. And made me bold with STRENGTH in my soul.”
That night we both turned our hearts back to the all-powerful creator God.
It was his hope that got us to the next anniversary. It was his hope that caused us to heal.
It is His Hope that took this tired couple, broken and bruised from this life and our choices, and put us back together.
Psalm 37:39- “But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in times of trouble.”
If today you have lost your hope, turn to the Lord.
Matthew 19: 26- “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ” With men this is impossible, but with God All things are possible.”
You are the great healer. You are our deliverer and our ONLY HOPE. When we are facing life’s greatest challenges we can turn to you. You help us face our fears and you do the impossible. This life beats us down. Trials come, sorrows creep in, to the point where we are hopeless. But you, you are The Great and Mighty God who turns our sorrows into dancing. Would you come now and forgive us for putting our hope in things and people. May we rest deeply in your arms knowing you are our strength and you are our HOPE. God I love you and I am grateful that you never give up on me. Would you take hold of our deepest hurts and our greatest fears and breathe life into us today In your son’s name Jesus I pray~ Amen
His Hope Is Alive,