Sometimes we need a little pick me up, a little bit of extraordinary. Maybe a little something to remind us of how many things there are in the world that are still out there waiting to amaze us, to stir in us that delicious feeling of wonder and hope. We may not know why, but there is a certain something living deep in us that opens its eyes to see lovely things, things that are brilliant, creative, and fun. Here are two things that will make you smile and maybe even cry.
I believe there is a reason why, deep inside, we know to look for hope, to find things in the world around us to remind us why we do what we do, why we love who we love, maybe even why we are here. I believe the reason we hope, sometimes against all hope, is because it’s what we were made to do. Some of us will put our hope in money. Some of us will put our hope in a job. Some of us will even put our hope in a person, a person who we think can make us happy and hopeful for the rest of our lives. But then they don’t. And the money is tight. And the jobs are gone. It’s then that we may realize that we’ve got to find someplace real for our hope.
“18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently…..
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?…
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord….”
And that, my friends, is why we hope. It’s why we all hope, even though some of us don’t know why we want to hope even when logic says despair. But let me tell you…having a real reason to hope is the most magical and powerful thing you will ever experience. Jesus, not here to condemn, here to tell us where to place our hope.