Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. -Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)
Confession: This post has been a long time in coming. I kept wondering what to write about for this blog, and though I had a handful of ideas, none of them seemed quite right. However, when Christopher invited me to write for this blog, he told me to just write about whatever God was teaching me. So today I want to share with you what God has been teaching me the last days, weeks, and months.
It’s about hope. Hope seems to be a lesson that you don’t just learn once, but that you have to learn anew every so often. At least, that’s how it is for me. You see, like faith and love, hope is one of those things that remains.
There are so many important things to know about hope, and I can’t fit them all into this blog post. But the most recent thing I’ve been learning is that hope truly does not put us to shame. When we put our hopes in God, He fulfills them. The last few years of my life haven’t exactly been a picnic. Throughout them, I’ve been fighting to cling to hope and to trust that God will bring me through the trials He has given me.
But now… some of those trials appear to be coming to an end, and many of those hopes and dreams look like that might soon become a reality. And it’s amazing and wonderful.
Y’all, our God truly knows how to give good gifts! I challenge you to expect blessing, and healing, and miracles.
I get it. I know that it’s hard. I’ve been there, afraid to hope because I didn’t want to be disappointed again. I didn’t want to face that hurt again.
But today I want to challenge you to hang on to hope. It will not disappoint you. Our Savior loves us so much more than we could ever comprehend or imagine. As my friend put it, “get your hopes up!”
Our God loves to bless His children with good things. Sometimes, He knows that it is better for us to face hard things, and so He gives them to us out of love. But He also gives us good things (not to say that trials can’t be good), and it’s okay to pray for good things, expecting them to happen (while surrendering to God’s will of course).
Will you join me in doing just that? God won’t leave us hanging.
Your sister in Christ,
P.S. I said this post was a long time in coming, right? Well, I wrote the above part almost a month ago, and looking back at it today, I’m still learning the same lesson. Just a few days ago, I am ashamed to say that I told God yet again that I was afraid to hope. I said that I would trust Him and such, but that I didn’t want to put my whole heart into it because I didn’t want to be disappointed. And then I realized what I was saying. That wasn’t very trusting of me! Friends, we can hope in God wholeheartedly because He truly will not put our hope to shame. Don’t be afraid to hope! Maybe your heart will be broken, but wouldn’t you rather God be the one allowing it to be broken since He is doing it to shape and grow you rather than you breaking it with nothing to show for it but pain?