Today, I am grateful that I have hope. Understand that my hope is not predicated on anything that I’ve done; instead, it rests on the belief that I am nearing the end of what has been a challenging – yet fruitful – season of my life.
As I reflect on the past year, I wouldn’t change anything – even though some of the things I went through were very difficult. When I look back and see where I am now, I understand that everything I experienced served a purpose: to help get me where I am today.
However, I am still in my season. I am still on my journey, and have not yet arrived at my destination. I have biblical hope, though – which comes from my growing understanding of the character of God and His total sovereignty – rather than focusing on my circumstances. I thought that this quote by Chrystal Evans Hurst summed up my feelings quite well:
I am able to remain hopeful because I can remember that there’s always a way out. Nothing is impossible with God, so even when things seem impossible to me, I can remind myself that He can literally “make a way out of no way,” and turn things on a dime.
As it says in Lamentations 3,
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:21-24, NLT)
If you find yourself in a challenging situation, dare to hope. Remember that the Lord Himself is your inheritance, and His faithfulness is very great. After all, if there is a way into our challenging circumstances, then the Lord can surely make a way out (not always easy one, mind you), too.
Dear Lord, thank You for being the Source of my hope. While I may never understand that this side of eternity why certain things have happened to me, I can trust You are in the process of working a way out of them for me.
Thank You for Your steadfast love and faithfulness – Your track record is flawless, so I can securely trust You for my present and future, too. In your name I pray, Amen.