Get Your Hopes Up
The last six months or more have been challenging for me. It has been a season of transition, contemplation and preparation. I admit I don’t feel that I’ve passed every test with flying colors and as God always does, He never fails me; He just gives me the test over again. He is always putting me in a position to move forward in what He’s preparing for the next step and season. I have struggled to break off discouragement and maybe depression; I have definitely been lacking in zeal and joy. I know this is not how I should be but it has been a struggle to move out of it and press through into the overcomer I am made to be.
This summer, Hubby and I took the sweet peas on a three-day camping trip to Rowan’s Ravine. We are not seasoned campers by any means; in fact, we hardly know how to take a holiday. Showing up in our retro Winnebago was probably the first hint that we weren’t “campers;” our fridge doesn’t work and we found out we need a new water pump if we are going to go “glamping” again. It took a lot of effort to get away; there is a lot of work that goes into packing the home-away-from-home (especially when we had the motorhome all cleaned out and ready to sell).
The first morning of camping came... Hubby got the fire going, warmed some water for tea and we were able to spend a few short minutes in the quiet before the sweet peas emerged (this was a far cry from our earlier camping days when the kids would go to sleep with the moon and get up with the sun). After a hearty helping of bacon and farm fresh fried eggs on a cast iron pan over the open fire, the sweet peas took off for the beach. Hubby laid down for a little nap before we headed off to mini-golf while I was left to my own thoughts and ponderings. As I spent time reading God’s Word, I felt Him soothe my soul with His words of hope. I look back on the past few weeks and I see that He has been asking me to get my hopes up. As I read in Psalms, I felt like David felt... “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for God, for the living God ...My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me... ‘Where is your God?’ But only a few verses later, David encouraged himself: “Why are you downcast, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God.”
Hope... true Bible hope. This is the hope that does not disappoint. It is not based on wishful thinking. It is based on who God is, His promises and His faithfulness. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.”It is available to those of us who are willing to go into that Secret Place of intimacy with God... It is available to those of us who will believe and take it. It is available to those of us who are willing to look past the pain, the disappointments and the tough situations and trust the One who has the solution to every circumstance that comes our way. Let’s get our hopes up, dear readers! Joy comes in the morning! Scripture references: Psalm 42:1-5, Hebrews 6:19