Twice this week I’ve been to the Dollar General, in a PMS frenzy, looking for a particular snack cake, only to find it wasn’t there. Talk about crushed! I ended up settling for something else, but the truth is, nothing but what my heart (and hormones) had hoped for would satisfy. So, I sat in my car eating those Chips Ahoy, Reece’s Chocolate Chip cookies, as I felt the hope drain from my soul. Would I ever have the snack cake I longed for, or would I forever pursue the guilty pleasure only to be let down?
As I sat there in a daze, (or was it a sugar coma?) I thought to myself, “I hope no one saw me ravaging these cookies?!” Again, my hopes came crashing to the ground. I turned my head only to see a lady staring at me in amazement. Our eyes locked for what seemed like forever. Then without blinking or averting her gaze, she motioned for me to wipe my mouth. I looked in the mirror to see that I had chocolate and peanut butter all around my mouth. I wiped my face clean, turned back to the lady who was still staring, and mouthed the words “thank you”. She nodded, still staring in amazement as I drove away.
You know, sometimes I just really don’t like the word “hope”. Often times, it seems as if hope equals disappointment, or at least it does to me! What an awful feeling to hope for something, and it not come to pass, or to think a particular thing is happening, only for everything to fall apart yet again. Sometimes hoping is scary. In my life, I find that when hoping becomes scary, it’s usually because I’ve misplaced my hope.
Friends, family, life, even Dollar General will let you down, but there’s one place you can put your hope and KNOW you can stand strong, knowing you won’t be let down. The one, and only place to put your hope is in the hands of Jesus Christ! He’ll hold it carefully for you, and see that no one takes it. He’ll keep it safe until just the right time, then He’ll see that it’s there right when it’s needed, like when we’re afraid, or in need, or when our faith is week. He’ll see that it’s right there when we’re believing for a miracle, or for a snack cake, and in His timing, that thing that we’ve hoped for will come to pass.
Don’t give up and settle for anything less than what God has promised you! Don’t settle for anything less than what your heart desires! Stand on God’s word. Lean on His promised. Stand in faith with fellow believers, and to quote a dear friend, ” You have to trust God more than you don’t trust a person or a particular situation.”. That’s good stuff!
O my soul, why are you so overwrought? Why are you so disturbed? Why can’t I just hope in God? Despite all my emotions, I will hope in God again. I will believe and praise the One who saves me and is my life. My Savior and my God. Psalms 43:5