Today we consider Hope. I confess I barely know where to begin or how to end. When I think of Hope, my spirit soars. I love Hope. Someone recently asked me how I define ‘Hope’. As I thought about it, Hope stretched out before me to the horizon and beyond.
So I give you my thought bubbles on the expansive reality of Hope… observations based in my admittedly limited experience.
Hope is an anchored, solid state of being. It is as far removed from wishful thinking as cheese is from the Moon (even if it is Wensleydale).
Hope is a choice.
Hope is supernatural because it is not dependant on natural circumstances. In fact, Hope often flies in the face of circumstances. There is an expectation of good, a certainty based in another kingdom.
Hope doesn’t just happen. It is not passive. It is alive and its outworking is Faith. When Hope and Faith combine and they are anchored in God…the result is Love and Action.
I remember, as I composed my instrumental ‘Hope’, the feeling I had was of being grounded and yet moving steadily onward and upward.
I’m reminded of the line from C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Last Battle’ “He (Aslan) turned swiftly round, crouched lower, lashed himself with his tail and shot away like a golden arrow. “Come further in! Come further up!” he shouted over his shoulder.”
Hope is an invitation to go further in and further up with God. It is an invitation to a greater measure of faith. Hope is an invitation to dream with God. Hope is transcendent. Hope transforms hearts and minds.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see.” Hebrew 11:1
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Without Hope, we perish. With Hope we can endure more than we think possible. My Hope is found in Jesus Christ. And in Him I can do all things. I will go as far as to say that my album has, at it’s core, Hope. It is based in the Hope I have found in God and my desire for others to experience that Hope.
I attempted to translate the Hope in my life through music. The piano provided the grounding, with the strings moving ever forward, further in and further up. There was a sense of excitement at the possibilities ahead, but always solid and anchored in something far greater and deeper than me.
Hope is all around us, Christ is my Hope, Christ in me is the Hope of glory, Hope is mysterious, beautiful, filling me with purpose and daring me to dream big.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, young men stumble and fall; but those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 (emphasis mine)
May HOPE rise in you today!