Biblical Optimism

Today, I was at an appointment that should have only lasted a little over an hour. I had carefully scheduled my day around my appointment; I was confident that the trains were running on time, so to speak, and that I would be able to carry on with the rest of my day as planned. What could possibly go wrong?

I ended up being there for nearly three (unplanned) hours.

And do you know what? There was absolutely nothing that I could do about it. I had ZERO control over the siuation (although I suppose that I could have rushed out in a huff, but what would that have accomplished?).

You see, I got there on time, but there were a series of totally unanticipated delays over which I had neither control nor jurisdiction. All I could do was wait, and wait some more.

I figured that I had one of two choices: Get frustrated or simply accept the situation, and make the most of it. I opted for the latter.

I popped open the Bible app on my phone and slowly read through the verses that I was only half-listening to this morning (not my custom – confession is good for the soul!), and found several passages that encouraged me. I’m learning that sometimes the Lord permits delays in my life – even small ones! – because there is something that I am meant to learn, and today was no exception.

Eventually, I was seen, and everything took much longer than I had hoped that it would, but I decided to focus on the positive in the situation.

I struck up conversation with people who worked in the office, and complimented one of the staff members on her excellent customer service. I made every effort to remain upbeat and cheerful. After all, what would be accomplished by getting upset?

I made it home – much later than planned – but I made it. Later that evening, I heard the lyrics of a classic hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” and one particular refrain stood out to me:

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

I realized that this is what happened to me today. I found myself in a situation over which I had no control, but recognized that I could manage my attitude. Even though my appointment took far longer than I had hoped it would, I could still trust that the Lord would give me the strength needed to endure the unanticipated delay with grace and peace. And He did.

Did I accomplish all that I planned to today? Absolutely not. I suppose that’s where the “bright hope for tomorrow” comes in. 😀 Sometimes, I simply have to accept the limitations that I experience in one day, and hope that things will get better – or go more smoothly – the next day. 

The key to it all, from my perspective, is having biblical optimism. This means that things may not be going according to plan today, but I can rest in the knowledge that God will give me the strength that I need to endure it. In the meantime, He fills me with hope so that I am optimistic that things can – and likely will – get better. However, even if they don’t, I can remember that He will give me the strength that I need to endure whatever trial may come my way.

Dear Lord, thanks so very much for giving me the strength that I needed today, as well as the hope in my heart that things will go more smoothly tomorrow. Help me to hold on to this biblical optimism – trusting in Your sufficiency for the day, and relying upon Your faithfulness for the future. In Your name I pray, Amen.

14 thoughts on “Biblical Optimism

  1. Well done for being patient and choosing to act positively rather than venting your frustration. In my experience that tends to be the best option! And it gave you inspiration for your blog post, too 😊 May God bless your day today! 🙏🏻

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      1. I’m doing well at the moment thanks Daily, still haven’t bumped into my neighbour so a little anxious but just getting on with things and trying not to let the situation bring me down. Everyone in blog-land has been so kind, it really helps. Hope you’re in good spirits 😊

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