To Hope or Not to Hope

river rapids“An expedition of the Grand Canyon traveled along the Colorado River.  Halfway through the canyon, the explorers encountered dangerous rapids.  Some of the explorers were killed as the thrashing waters hurled them about.  The others managed to get ashore where they gathered their wits to assess the situation.  Although the river ahead looked choppy and menacing, some of the crew decided to forge ahead.  They felt they had traveled too far to turn back.  The others decided to return home on foot.  The explorers who went ahead faced dangerous waters for a short period, but the remainder of their journey was safe, calm, and beautiful.  Those who turned back actually faced greater dangers, and they did not survive.” *

Facing the giants or running from them?  Walking through it or walking away from it? Continuing to go forward or turning around and retreating?  Stopping at the brick wall and sitting down  or looking for the door and advancing through it?

A little shepherd boy by the name of David was anointed by the Prophet Samuel to be thestones King.  He was the youngest son of his family and after being called in from the field to be anointed, he then returned to the fields to pick up where he had left off because that was his job.  He later (while still a boy who was too small for the armor lent to him) volunteered to face and fight a giant whom he killed with a stone from his sling shot while the battlefield was filled with big armored Israelite warriors who were afraid to face that same giant.  Why was he the King who was called “A Man after God’s own heart” instead of one of those warriors?  Why did he have the courage to face something that looked as if it would surely overcome him and they not have that same courage?  Could it be that he had discovered a secret key to success that they would never discover?

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope”

Psalm 71:5

What makes some of us keep walking through difficult things until we get to the other side?  What makes some of us look the giants in the face and confront them?  What makes some of us take that first step into the unknown by getting on that plane, or going through that unopened door, or taking that first college class?  What makes some pack their bags and move their entire families to another state or even another country?  What is it that makes one dare to live for the first time in their life?

It is hope.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1

to hope or not to hope2Hope and faith are very closely related.  They walk hand in hand.  One cannot have faith without hope and one cannot hope without producing faith.  Hope is the seed, faith is the sprout coming out of the ground.   At first we hope and then it is by faith that we walk.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope”

Psalm 130:5

His Word says so and we act on it.  We choose to believe His word even though we haven’t seen the things that we choose to believe in.  We choose to believe that His promises are true.  Belief in what He has promised for our personal selves is hope.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

2 Corinthians 1:20

Once we start seeing the things coming to pass that His Word says will come, it is easier to hope but we first hope in what is unseen.

When we hope we rest, we give up the burden that we have been dragging behind us and rest automatically comes because we no longer shoulder that heavy burden.  He does.

When we can rest in hope at all times we can progressively move forward.  As we move forward, the choice to grasp hope and claim it as our own is easier and easier because we can look back at the things that we have hoped for that have come to fruition and know to hope or not to hopethat the things that we are hoping for now will come to fruition.

Think about it today…what have you hoped for that has come to fruition?

What is it that you need to turn over to God in order to rest in hope?

Love and blessings to you!



* excerpt from Hope For Today, Al-Anon literature, pg. 265

About Rhonda

Let me introduce myself to you who may not know who I am...I am an artist, writer, blogger, born again follower of Jesus Christ (I pursue Him on an ongoing basis with passion), I am a recovering codependent, survivor of childhood and adulthood domestic violence, an empty nester who still has a LOT of life to live and a LOT more places to go before I stop, the wife to Mr. John, mother, grandmother and I have a passion for being a part of the process of getting preschoolers ready for the rest of their lives! I have probably left something out but that's ok.
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8 Responses to To Hope or Not to Hope

  1. “Faith is the essence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I love that verse!
    Thanks for a wonderfully encouraging post. I believe I found you at the Alabaster Jar

    • EvieJo says:

      That verse kept coming to my mind as I was writing today’s post, I had not planned on using it but it was just there in my mind. It makes me try to envision the unexplained heavenly mysteries which cannot really be envisioned.

  2. Sally Horton says:

    Good word!



  3. Mindy Bowman says:

    I need to turn my “job” over to Him. I need to put into His hands what my future “calling” is. And I need to wait on Him to show me the exact time and place before I make any moves!

    • EvieJo says:

      I am standing with you in the name of Jesus for that job…He knows exactly what those answers are.
      “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
      Blessings to you today!

  4. benpip says:

    HOPE… this word keeps coming before me…. Thanks for sharing this!
    So glad the Lord sent me your way.

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