This past Sunday, my dad preached about hope and the importance of it. We tend to emphasize faith, but faith is “the substance of things hoped for.” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV) Meaning faith is built on hope. If we don’t have hope, we’re not going anywhere near faith. And if there’s no faith, then there will be nothing positive happening. This should be part of Faith 101 really. And yet you don’t have to get out much to realize that many people are lacking in hope, and a large part of it is that many Christians are even lacking hope. I think if we carried more hope in all circumstances, and if we were really carriers of hope to a hopeless world, then life might be a bit different for all of us. But that’s for a different post . . .
Anyway, I know there are definitely some circumstances in our lives that feel hopeless. I’ve gotten to the point where I just put one foot in front of the other and do what has to get done, but in my heart, I keep thinking that this is never going to change. I will still be in this thing 5 years from now, and so I stuff my dreams down, suck it up, and get on with it. I live like there is no tomorrow, no dream to fight for, and as someone who loves to dream, it’s been a rough season on my heart. And so this past Sunday was a wake-up call. It reinforced the idea that there are God-given dreams that need to be birthed. There are things to hope for. Hope is vital in the Christian’s life.
And so I’ve hesitantly, slowly, quietly, and prayerfully pondered all of this. I’ve put my heart and my thoughts before the Lord and asked Him to show me what needs new life. What things are really from Him that I need to grab hold of? What does He desire for this little family of 5 who just wants to serve Him? What things can I wrap my faith around and really believe Him for? I know He’s wanting to do some big things in and through us. I also know our circumstances aren’t worth looking at. But I want to proceed with wisdom. So I’ve just quietly waited. And I’ve even waited to post anything here, because I’m just waiting. Waiting for wisdom, waiting for strength to enable tus to rise up, and waiting for Him to highlight the dreams that we need to pursue. Waiting because I’m tired of trying to figure it all out. Waiting because I’ve laid it all down and just need to know what to pick up. Waiting for my marching orders from my General, and waiting for my dreams from the Dream Giver.
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 NKJV