Re-defining Hope

January 16, 2013


My life is in season change mode.  I’ve had a long season of growth, testing, learning, and waiting time.  In this time there’s been much opportunity to properly define trust . . . that knowing the Lord is here and has the best in His plan for me even when in human sight, all seems so bleak and uncertain.

That being said, as my relationship with Him has grown, I have also been learning what hope means.  It is vital that I know hope as well as trust.  They are life-giving and have subtle differences in meaning.  The dictionary reveals “A person or thing in which expectations are centered.”  It is defined well in the Hebrew word qavah which develops the concept of hope very well for the knowledge of our hope in the Lord.  For qavah, the word for hope, is defined as “to wait, to look for, to expect.”  Hebrew lexicons I’ve consulted go further to say that it is to “wait or look eagerly for.”

It seems to me that in the past I’ve used the word hope somewhat sarcastically, saying things like “sure, you go on hoping” or “ya, I hope so” with a smirk that betrays my true feelings of “it’s hopeless.”

As I write this, I’m wishing the phone would ring, and that someone dear to me would find time for me.  I’m seeing joy reflected in others and wondering “what’s next” for me.  I know the weather can so quickly go from dark and rainy to bright and sunny.  In the last few days, in fact, our cold winter has teased us with several days of summer temperatures.

So, my feelings . . . those unruly deceptors . . . challenge my heart and soul, but what my heart and soul knows is the truth.  The truth is that my hope is in the Lord.  As I approach a corner . . . a place where my path and my season in the Lord and with the Lord present new opportunities to serve, to grow still closer to Him, and to reflect His glory . . . I hope!  I listen!  I pray!  I seek!  I wait eagerly!

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Can Perfect Peace Be Found?

August 27, 2012

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”        Isaiah 26:3 NIV

I don’t know about you but I am not in the habit of using the word steadfast in my daily conversation, but I sure do pray a lot to feel and be filled with the peace of God.  I also find that the book of Isaiah speaks to be a lot of late.  So, I just looked up “steadfast” in the dictionary and this is what it revealed:

  • faith
  • fixed in direction
  • firm in purpose

Hmmm . . . firm in purpose.   tough one for me sometimes.  I spend a bit too much time fretting about my specific purpose.and thus find peace becomes elusive.  Could it be that once more I’m trying to run ahead and should be staying in step with Jesus?  I think perhaps this is so.  My purpose should be His will and the details will be revealed as He decides and always for my good.  This got me wanting more so I consulted an online Hebrew Lexicon and found something which delighted me. I learned that the biblical Hebrew word for steadfast is amad which means to take one’s hand.  This brought to mind an image of my inner child holding hands with my loving Savior and feeling complete trust and love for Him and being fully aware of His great love for me.  Perfect peace . . . become like a child as He has urged us to do.  He wants to hold my hand.  He doesn’t want me to “get it” and then dismiss me and leave so that He can get to other things on the agenda.  That is more our way of looking at things.  He wants to take me by the hand . . . what an amazing feeling that has brought over me.  What a way to begin the day, the new week, and the new challenges and opportunities . . . hand in hand with my Lord and best friend, Jesus!

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