On any given day, we are assaulted by hundreds of megabytes of information in the form of social media feeds, TV news, online news sources and word of mouth. Well over 75% of the news we come in contact with is negative, sensationalized and beyond the scope of what we believe about the world and its people.
The negative influx might lead us to question where we find good and the people who value doing the right thing? Is there hope in our blessings? When the world presents a steady stream of darkness overcoming the light, we ask over and over “where is the hope? where is the light? and whom should we trust?”
Couple the worldly happenings with your own personal challenges and you may feel not only distraught but doubt that hope even exists. Life may look like a series of illnesses, family discord, emotional challenges and losses. Just the thought of even one of those scenarios is enough to knock you flat on your face. The words that trail from your mind begin with “why” “how” and “what”.
Why is life so difficult?
How will I overcome the challenges?
What can I do to make this better?
But these questions don’t always come with answers. At least not ones that tie up the mess with a pretty bow. Instead, we dig deeper, search wider and hope in things unheard and unseen. Hope in the hard, the loss, the bitter and sometimes even in the joy. A chance to seek hope in our blessings.
The last several weeks have been very challenging for me. I have asked the same questions I listed above. I’ll be the first to admit that there are no magical answers. If all I did was search for the answers, I might never find them. Instead, I discovered a secret that has blessed me over and over.
The secret is found in someone paying for your Starbucks in the drive thru. An unexpected blessing that simply brought me to my knees.
Or in the early morning you receive a text that simply says “I am praying for you”.
Maybe the secret happens when you have a few free minutes to take a walk at your favorite garden.
Or the stunning sunset that God seemed to paint just for you.
The secret is not really a secret at all. The answer is found in the blessings that you notice throughout your day.
God is the hope in our blessings. He is all the good, the challenges and unexpected all rolled into one. He loves showing up when we least expect it and gracing us with exactly what we need. God is our everything when we feel we are nothing. May we let God guide our life and lead us to hope.
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
And in the waiting and watching for hope, God will hear us.
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me. Micah 7:7
Holding onto the hope of God!
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