Ironically, a little over 2 years ago I blogged about Hope, that was actually the time when I realized that Hope is one of my “God Words”, a super precious word to me and my Journey with Jesus (aka my Faith).
My bible describes Hope as confident trust with the expectation of fulfillment (now that I know there is a dictionary in the bible I can look these things up <inside joke!>)! Honestly, without hope what do we have?
I am conscious to always have hope, I have the utmost faith in the Lord, so why wouldn’t I have Hope? I am human though, and sometimes I put a human spin on things aka over think and over analyze!
Last week I was in Palm Springs for the night (1: YAY to a week off from work in almost 5 years and 2: YAY to having Nanny O’Neill’s tables in my home <this is a whole different blog>) and I was having dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant next door to my hotel. The guy next to me at the bar was also staying at my hotel. Being the shy Jersey Girl I am, I chatted him up. Turns out he loves him some Jesus too (I LOVE when Jesus introduces me to other random believers)! We talked about what we do for a living (he is a contractor who works with real estate investors <umm coincidence? Jesus is good with His subtle signs>) and our lives. He talked about his wife and his kids. I talked about my amazing SoCal life and how I am truly living my dream and what is next for me! I also mentioned something like “well I also thought I would “XYZ”, but I am starting to think God may have a different plan”. He immediately interjected and said “NO! You HAVE to have Hope! You have no idea what God has in store, He knows the desires of your heart and everything is in His timing”! I was honestly moved to tears! I didn’t really think I had lost Hope – there are certain things I have been praying about that have not yet been answered. And in ONE conversation, this stranger sent by God totally rocked me to my core and made me realize I wasn’t focused on Hope – something that is so important to me! It immediately reset me and I am forever grateful!
Hope is something we must AWAYS have. We can’t lose hope! No matter how long our prayers go unanswered or what crazy storm we are weathering we have to have Hope! God has a plan for all of us, so keep holding on! And hold on to your Hope!