Final Reflections on Hope

Today I’d like to share with you some final reflections on the all important topic of hope.  Like myself, I am sure there have been numerous times in your life, when due to your perceived failures or mistakes, you have felt hopeless.  I have found 2 ladders of hope to climb upon when I’ve fallen into that particular pit of despair.

The first is taking my eyes off myself and my failures and refocusing them on the cross.  At the cross God offered each one of us the richest and most lavish gift imaginable; that of redemption.  Not only does Christ’s blood save us, but it continually speaks to redeem us from whatever pit we may fall in. As Catherine Marshall once said, God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.  Psalms 84:4-9 reiterates the very same thing. 

In the book of Hosea chapter 7, the name Ephraim is used to liken God’s people to that of a dove who is easily deceived and senseless.  Have you ever felt like that?  I know it happens to the best of us at times.  But the great news is  the name Ephraim (which Joseph also gave to one of his sons) is also translated as, God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering. If you put 2 and 2 together here you will come up with H-O-P-E. 

Another ladder I choose to climb my way out of despair is remembering that even when I am not faithful, God IS!!  He works and wills on my behalf, finishing in me what He’s begun and also promises to work EVERYTHING for good in my life.  (Phil. 2:13, Phil. 1:16, Romans 8:28)  These promises can offer me continual hope in the midst of any circumstance.  Reminder: although we cannot always perceive what God is doing in our lives, we will discover in time- that He was creating something beautiful in us all along the way. (Eccel. 3:1-10)

Although temporal hope can be found in the blessings of God-true hope is always found in the gift  and life source of those blessings-the Lord Himself. If the find our failure is actually misplaced hope, or hope we’ve placed in the wrong things, people or circumstances-the wonderful news is we can return to the Lord, by changing the direction of our heart’s focus and desires BACK to our relationship with Him, the true Lover of our soul-where genuine hope will once more be found.  Your relationship with Him is always infinitely greater and more satisfying than the gift itself.

One last place I’d like to mention before closing that the Lord encourages us to find hope is in the community of believers. We the Church are created together to be the body of Christ.  As mentioned in 2 Cor. 1:7, we the body of Christ minister hope to one another through our words of encouragement, comfort and presence. 

By making it a priority to be in fellowship with one another on a regular basis, hope can and will become a natural byproduct. According to Emil Brunner, What oxygen is to the lungs-such is hope to the meaning of life.  As you choose to cultivate hope in the garden of your life and share it with others, joy will be showered upon your very spirit.

In closing, remember if all else fails, when you cannot see any outward reason to hope-choose hope anyway-and wait patiently for your harvest. As an unknown author once quoted, I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.  I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent. 

God hath in Himself all the power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you.  ~Thomas Brooks

Now that’s something to rejoice about!

-The Quilted Poetess


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