Hope

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Hope really is about perspective. Look closely at that picture. The clouds seem to have completely taken over the sky. To the people traveling this road behind me, there is no hope in sight. But alas (I’ve never had a chance to use that phrase in every day conversation until now), up ahead, far off in the distance, something remarkable…

Blue skies. Hope for a better day.

We all need hope.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
– Proverbs 13:12

Hope is an anomaly. It’s a highly desired commodity, available in unlimited supply, yet eludes so many of us for so long.

It can’t be bought at any price, but has a cost: Surrender. Faith. Trust. Control.

There’s an inexhaustible supply of hope, available on demand to any one at any time, yet it is rare in the human existence.

Some deny or don’t know it even exists. Others of us forget, lose faith, or become distracted. We buy counterfeits, chase mirages and listen to beautiful lies, all in the frantic pursuit of it.

But they’re all fool’s errands.

See, there’s only one source of hope.

But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
– Psalm 39:7

We try to anesthetize our sufferings, look for shortcuts AROUND them, not realizing that in persevering THROUGH them we find the very hope we’re seeking.

We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
– Romans 5:3-4

Don’t be discouraged when the clouds come. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “when it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.” Embrace the gray skies and the trials, they’re reminding us to look for hope.

Hold on… Hope exists. It’s within our reach…

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
– Romans 12:12

H o p e

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