Love In Action

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Continuing on with our theme of “Godly Relationships” here at MOHL, I wanted to write a little bit on some of the practical ways we can show love to others.

Romans 12:9-13 reads as follows:

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

Wow… there are a lot of things written to us as believers just in that short passage.

Something I really want to point out from those scriptures is that a lot of those commands relate directly to the attitude in our hearts. It says that we ought to:

1. Honor others before yourself. This could mean a few different things, but I think mainly, it is really seeking to put the needs or wants of others above your own. Do you know of someone who is struggling with finances and they have no way to keep warm? Give them a coat to wear. Do you know of someone who is hungry? Bring them some food! Even giving a bright and cheery smile to the cashier in the store who has had a long day can bring some sunshine into their lives. You might be the only bit of happiness and joy that enters their life that day. You never know how God can use even the smallest things to encourage others. This goes into point #2.

2. Never be lacking in zeal and spiritual fervor for the Lord. As we continue on the paths the Lord has placed in our lives, He will lead us through the valley and the desert both. Sometimes, it feels like we have never been closer to the Lord, and everything is “going our way”. We’re in the valley…joy-filled, at peace, and excitedly going down the path of the Lord’s will. Then, He may choose to bring us through a dry, desert time. It seems as if everything is a struggle, like the Lord is far away and doesn’t hear our desperate pleas of asking for peace from the conflict, whatever it might be. Having walked through a time like this recently, I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing it was to have dear sisters constantly sending me scripture verses and praying for me. Do you know someone who is struggling in their spiritual life? The Lord may be calling you to be a witness to them as they walk through this time in the desert. Diligently seek to pray for them, look for little ways you can encourage them. Perhaps a note in the mail or some favorite scriptures written out on notecards and given to them will help them on their journey.

3. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. This part speaks for itself in many ways. Be joyful in hope… We have a great hope in the knowledge that one day, the Lord will return to take us home to be with Him for all eternity. We have a great hope because He chose, in His divine providence, to take on the weight of our sins and wash them clean. He took the punishment, that we rightly deserve, that we might be white as snow, and have this great hope! What a mighty, faithful and loving God we serve.  Patient in affliction… Our pastor was just teaching this past Sunday about how trials are brought into our lives for our good. We often do the most growing as we learn to further rely on the Lord, and less on our own efforts. When we are completely broken, we realize just how small we are, and just how mighty our Lord is. We may not understand in this life why He sent specific trials into our lives, but we can rest once again in the greater Hope- that the Lord works together all things for the good of those who are His own according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) Faithful in prayer… once again, this part speaks for itself, but in many ways, how often are we guilty of telling someone that we will pray for them and then forgetting or never getting around to doing so? *raises hand* One way that we can really seek to show love to others is remembering to be faithful in praying for them, or over specific requests they may have shared with us. For myself, I’ve found that keeping a prayer request journal is a great way to specifically list out folks or requests that I am praying for during that time. It’s also neat to look back through and see exactly how God answered those prayers!

4. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Building somewhat on #1, sharing with fellow believers who are in need is one of the greatest ways that we can show love to others. One specific way my church tries to do this is by taking meals to families who have recently had a baby, lost a family member, are sick, etc. Having been on both ends of this, I can say that it is a blessing to both parties. Taking a meal to someone is a way of acknowledging to them that you know they are struggling with something at the time, and it is a very practical way of showing love to them. It truly blesses you knowing that you are lending them a helping hand in their time of need. When my family has been on the receiving end, it is so nice to not have to worry about cooking on top of everything else going on at the time, no matter what the circumstance is. There are obviously several other ways to help folks in need…I just used food as an example because here in the South, food is a big deal. :) As far as showing hospitality, the definition of hospitality means: “The friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.” What better way to show hospitality to believers and non-believers alike than to host them in your home? Whether just for a meal or for an extended stay, oftentimes, one of the best ways we can be a witness to others is to have them in our homes, so that they can see the way we live, and Lord willing, to see the love of Christ in us and through us.

What are some different ways you can show “love in action” to others around you?

 

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Future Hope & Present Promises

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.
Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying,
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

I love these verses. So full of promise. Countless tiers of God’s promise for the ultimate eternity. What’s so fascinating to me are the multiple facets to promises like this. When Jesus came to earth-fully God & fully Man-died on the Cross the death of a criminal & rose to life again to ascend to Heaven, He tore the veil of separation for all time. He alone bridged the great divide between us & our sin & the Lord & His holy goodness.

That veil I mentioned? It was the veil in the Temple that enclosed the Holy of Holies-where God dwelt. When Jesus took His last breath, the veil torn in two as the earth shook & split apart. This happened in the ancient city of Jerusalem that still stands amidst centuries of turmoil & wars. The place still where God’s chosen people still flock … but this city has seen it’s share of sin. In the books of the prophets, God pleads with His bride, the nation of Israel, to turn & repent. He pursues them with love, teaches & grows them through captivity, famine, wandering … & yet they still stand. And the city still stands even though in the Bible alone it was laid siege to multiple times & a part of a foreign empire for decades at a time.

When the veil was torn, & later when the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost, there was no more separation from God. All the Jewish people & the Gentiles could have full, unadulterated communion with God if they but repented & turned from their sin into His welcome arms. While we do not have God with us in a physical sense-we have Him & His promise of coming again & soon, in our hearts. What a matchless gift, that one day we will be a part of the Bride of the Lord-when we can walk with God as Adam & Eve did before the fall.

He shall make all things new one day-as He continues to renew us day by day, moment by moment, because of His marvelous gift of grace, undeserved mercy.

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Behold, a New Creation!

February always goes by fast-& then March sets in. Normally, at least here in the North-East, winter is still very much here to stay. This new year is close to being a quarter gone & those resolutions seem not-so-easy as they first did. At any rate-I think it’s safe to say we are all more than ready for spring. For sunshine, newness of life & renewed vim & vigor for life. Sometimes though, it’s hard to remember that spring always follows winter.

I think this thinking can sink deep into our hearts as well. When our expectations for ourselves fall incredibly short; when plans fall through. When life overwhelms & sucks you in like quicksand & makes us feel like everything is slipping thru our fingers. Sisters-life wasn’t made for us to hold & control. It’s God’s & His story alone to write. How then do we find  a balance between letting go & letting God-& not falling into complacency?

By remembering Whose we are & what we are, through Him. Our great High Priest whose name is Love. Whatever your past; those beginning chapters that may’ve found you growing up in the church, or coming to the Lord more recently. All of that doesn’t matter. We are called to remember the past only so far as to recall God’s faithful hand. Not our mistakes & messes & failures.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17&18 NKJV

I encourage you, beautiful soul-sister, to preach the Gospel to yourself as winter plods on. As those resolutions weigh heavy, & life throws you for a loop. We are not the choices we made, the failures we’ve had, nor the falls that found us flat on our faces. We are more than that, through Jesus our One & Only Savior. Preach Gospel to yourself-open your heart, better yet-still your heart before the Lord for a just a few moments, & His still small voice will remind you of all you are.

In Him, we are …

  • Beloved …
  • Forgiven … Psalm 103:5, 1 John 2:12
  • Rejoiced over & quieted … Zephaniah 3:17
  • Not consumed … Lamentations 3:22-24
  • Saved … Ephesians 2:8
  • Redeemed … Romans 8:23
  • Crowned … Psalm 103:4
  • Renewed … Isaiah 40:31
  • Precious, honored & loved … Isaiah 43:4

I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned … for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV

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Rejoice!

Rejoice!

Philippians 3:1 tells us that we are to rejoice in the Lord!

“Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord.”

If you are like me, there are days when it is difficult to rejoice. Perhaps your entire day has been difficult from beginning to end. Each and every thing you have tried to do has backfired. You were late on a project due, you burned your lunch, the car wouldn’t start, your favorite mug was dropped and shattered into teeny tiny little fragments of glass. You start to realize you feel a bit like that mug- shattered, broken, scarred, and burned by life.

The Lord is so much bigger than our circumstances. He tells us that we are to rejoice in Him, no matter what.

Oftentimes, the Lord will bring us to the end of our strength, so that we can more fully rely on Him, and on the blessed peace and calming strength found only in submission to His will. He wants us to open our eyes past our circumstances here on earth, and to focus our thoughts on our relationship with Christ Jesus and the glorious reunion yet to come when we are taken up to heaven to be with Him! <3

Psalm 119:18 - “Open my eyes, that I might see, glorious truths from your law!”

We are to rejoice when it is easy. When everything is going absolutely perfectly, and nothing could be better.

We are to rejoice when it is hard. When we are at the end of our rope. When everything in our life is going crazy and spinning out of control.

Philippians 4:4 - “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!”

We are to rejoice in the Lord always, no matter what. God is our Abba Father, and we are to find our strength, our peace, our identity, our everything in Him. When we focus our eyes on the things of the Lord, we will find joy. The perfect joy that is found only in Christ. We will find ourselves rejoicing. Rejoicing that the Lord is our Saviour. Rejoicing that the Lord is our Redeemer-King. Rejoicing that He chose to save us, rather than condemn us to a life apart from Him. Rejoicing that there is a great hope to be found through Him.

My dear sisters, will you join me in rejoicing in the Lord? <3

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New Every Day

New Every Day | Meditations of His Love

photo by Micaela Wood
photo texture and font by picmonkey

 

 

My one word for 2014 is faithful.

Why? Because God is faithful to me: faithful to love, faithful to bless, faithful to forgive. And He never changes. Tomorrow, I can still go humbly before Him, and give Him my brokeness and mistakes, and He will still  forgive, love, and bless. He won’t turn away from His child, His unbelievably Anne Shirley-like child. He will continue to be faithful, regardless.

 

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with thee
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not,
As thou hast been, thou for ever will be. 

Each year that goes by, I see His faithfulness displayed more and more. Whether He brought  a new friend or a new opportunity, He was faithful, to teach, to comfort, and to mercifully welcome me back when I had  done wrong and needed to ask forgiveness. I can’t help but  tear up at the memory of the blessings He bestowed, and the lessons He taught when He took them away.  There is no doubt that He did all that in love!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love

And when I confess my sins, oh the joy, the peace, that floods my soul! He is there, faithful,  guiding me through these rough waters of life. I’ve no need to fear: the Creator and Master of everything is  always with me! He gives me strength to get through each day. When I drop into bed, there is hope, bright and glorious hope for tomorrow, because He will be with me then, too! Blessings, are mine, because I am His child, and nothing  can take that away.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

All too often, I take for granted  my Father. His love, peace, faithfulness, pardon, strength, hope, mercy, provision, steadfast-ness, blessings, even His very presence in my life. And yet, He offers His grace, abundant and free.

Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Every day is new, fresh, and without mistake. My Heavenly Father wants me to go on this journey of faith, wants me to trust and lean on Him. Each day, I have the amazing blessing of Christ in my life. The honor of calling Him Lord, Savior, and Friend.

 

photo by Micaela Wood

photo by Micaela Wood

 

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{Sunday Specials} He Fights Our Battles

by Meghan

You know those times when you just feel overwhelmed? Burdened with fear, doubts, & anxiety? Or those times when issues flare up either in your own soul or through circumstances that just make you want to hide under the covers. Life is filled with battles; some seem to go on forever, while others have the length of a skirmish. Civil War geek coming out… 

This is why we have the Armor of God, as Paul writes about in Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

What triumphant verses! We are-not will be, nor have been-more than conquerors. But what does this look like when not one iota of a particularly trying circumstance is alleviated? When coworkers get on your back for a particular belief, when situations at home or with extended family only worsen? What do we do, how do we respond, when yet another health issue comes up in a family member who we feel is already suffering enough.
Ladies, it boils down to surrender.
It boils down to letting go, & letting God in full assurance of our faith. This is a scary thing to do, because we think we have to control everything & make everything right. 
We so often forget that our battle is the Lord’s.
And He is never late in coming to our rescue…but seldom early. 

And God’s timing is one of life’s great mysteries, only to be unraveled in full when we reach paradise with our Savior. Living a life walking on the narrow way in the Lord & for His glory, is not always easy. In fact, the way the world walks can appear infinitely easier than what we are called do as heirs together with Christ. This is why Jesus tells us to take heart, for He has overcome the world. This is why He calls us to be salt & light in a world of darkness. To take His yoke upon our shoulders, for it is easy, His burden is light when it replaces the burdens we so often take on our shoulders.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance.”Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV
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Hope: a nitty-gritty, battle-boots sort of thing.


By Cynthia


“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” -1 Peter 3:15

I always hated those abstract theorems and questions in school. You know, algebra and rhetoric and logic. It is my genealogically inherited flaw that I cannot deal cleverly with technical abstracts. That part of my brain is just a wee bit flabby. So when someone asks me a direct question about an idea, my mind balks.

“So why do you hope? The world’s an awful place. Sometimes God doesn’t provide. Sometimes bad things happen. People are killed, families are ruined.What happens then? You still hoping?”

A month or so ago I stuck my neck out of my cozy, home-school, turtle-shell and mentioned something in a blog post about not liking Obamacare. Someone saw that and slathered my blog on their discussion forum, and just like that I had a swarm of liberal, sarcastic people swamping my blog and leaving comments like the one above. I had to know how to answer them when they asked me such questions. And it all came down to this:

Why do we hope?

What is there about our Lord, about our “religion,” about our life that keeps us hoping? And how do we answer those who do not have that same hope in a gentle, politic way? Well for one thing, we have promises that our Lord is a good Lord, and that He will keep His own:

Proverbs 23:18 says, “For surely there is a hereafter and your hope will not be cut off.

 That’s only one of eleventy-one found in the pages of Scripture. But some people will not take any of that to heart. “I mean really,” they’d argue, “it’s just Someone’s promise-how do we know it’s not a pie-crust promise?” (easily made, easily broken.) After I answered one comment in particular, the woman persisted with that question and others, intending pull me onto her bandwagon. [It didn't work]

But I found myself at a loss for words. I know that God fulfills all His promises-I’ve seen His hand in my life and the lives of so many others. But you can’t exactly convince anyone of it if they are blinded. That’s the funny thing about being a Christian. We’re a mad, glorious, crazy mess. Nothing makes sense when you look at it in the world’s eyes. It didn’t make sense in Jesus’s time and it certainly doesn’t make sense now. I couldn’t convince that woman because she was looking at the world through the wrong lens-she couldn’t see how there was a reason to hope, because she misunderstood the very nature of hope itself. You see…a Christian’s hope is different from what the world generally categorizes it as. The world’s definition as taught by Dictionary.com is singularly depressing, actually:

“Hope: n. The feeling that what is wanted can be had.”

Oh wow…what an insipid thing hope must be, according to that portrait! In fact, if that is what I call hope, then that sad, bitter blogger would be right. There is no reason to hope. Because anyone can see that we don’t always get everything we want in this life. Any reasonable-minded adult knows that.

But you see, we Christians don’t play by the rules. We’ve got this amazing King and all, and He has a sense of humor and likes to shake things up a bit.  Y’see, here’s His definition of Hope:

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (Rom. 8:24)

Oops. Tables turned there. Sorry, Dictionary.com. You’ve been one-upped. Because now we play by different rules and I’m afraid our hope is a tad deeper and more important than getting what you want. If you took a moment to read The High King Version, you’d realize that hope is actually the not getting what you want.
Hope is the waiting.
Hope is the not-knowing.
Hope is the believing even when it’s unbelievable.
Hope is, in short, not exactly a comfortable, angel-winged, swan-necked, lily-spangled emotion. It’s rather a nitty-gritty, necessary, sweaty, grimy, battle-boots sort of thing. It’s a choice really.
So the last question (which really was the first and which I ought to have answered by now) is this:

Why do we hope?

“We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Hope cannot disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our own hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

That’s it in a nutshell. As Christians, our goal is to glorify God here, and look to the hereafter. Hope cannot disappoint, because hope is the love of God, and that is deeper and wider and eternally out-lasting-er than anything the world can come up with. Sarcastic bloggers and bitter people might not understand it; they might criticize and snort and stomp their feet, but they cannot take the thing away. Because hope is Love, and Love is a force to be reckoned with.

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Living Hope

By Rose H.

1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead




What an amazing verse! Peter can’t contain his praise for what God has done. It spills over into the letter to God’s people. I can almost see him now furiously and excitedly writing the words.

Praising God through his pain, Peter tells us something truly amazing. That God has given us new birth into a living hope.

Once we were desolate, alone, and hopeless. Then God came down and made Himself known to us. He gave us new birth. The birth of the Spirit. Now we live a new life. The old things are past, the new has come.

In this new life one of the best things we have is hope. But this is not just any hope. This is a hope based in Jesus and in His resurrection. Christ is our living hope. He is the one in whom this hope begins and ends.

Dear sisters, let us look to our living hope and place our trust in Him. For our hope in Him isn’t futile. We have our living hope, Jesus, to be with us and help us. Let us walk on with our heads held high, placing our hope in Him, knowing that hope doesn’t disappoint. 

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Rejoicing in Hope

     “Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and their be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
-Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV)

  I don’t know of any other verses in the Bible which shouts hope than those verses in Habakkuk.  Underlined and page-worn in my trusty ESV pocket Bible, those verses are very dear to my heart.  To my “prone to wander…prone to leave the God I love” heart, they are medicine and tonic which never loses its potency.
    When those hopeless times come, and I began to stray from the Strength and Joy of my life, I am often reminded through God’s Word to rejoice.  And why shouldn’t I rejoice??
Christ has given me a living hope.   He is my hope and my joy.  He has promised He will be there, He will be enough and He will never leave or forsake me.  So many verses in both the Old and New Testament speak of the joyousness of hope and of our duty to praise the Lord as a reflection of our trust and hope in Him.

“Rejoice in hope…” Paul reminds us in Romans 12:12.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul,
        and why are you in turmoil within me?
    Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
        my salvation and my God.”
(Psalm 43:5 ESV)
   “But I will hope continually
        and will praise you yet more and more.”

(Psalm 71:14 ESV)
“The hope of the righteous brings joy,
        but the expectation of the wicked will perish.”

(Proverbs 10:28 ESV)

Isaiah 12 is one of my favorite “hope” chapters. Although it doesn’t directly refer to hope in word, it explains the essence of rejoicing in hope.  I have read it to bring hope to my troubled or discouraged heart many times.

    You will say in that day:
    “I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
        for though you were angry with me,
    your anger turned away,
        that you might comfort me.
    “Behold, God is my salvation;
        I will trust, and will not be afraid;
    for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
        and he has become my salvation.”
    With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:
    “Give thanks to the LORD,
        call upon his name,
    make known his deeds among the peoples,
        proclaim that his name is exalted.
    “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
        let this be made known in all the earth.
    Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
        for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
   
(Isaiah 12 ESV)

Isn’t that great?!  It gets me excited just reading it again! On my worst days, I read that chapter and it gives me hope.  I look at the first few lines and can say “one day, this trial will be over and I will be able to look back with a smile and see God’s hand on my life.  I will be able to praise Him, realizing how wonderful of plan He designed for me.  Yes, it was hard, but His love enabled me to walk through it with joy!” 
So, I encourage you all to remember.  The trial you are going through, the hard time, the relationship struggles, the pain and sorrow you are facing…it all will pass.  You will see the dawn of a new day.  Face it with a smile and with joy in your heart, praising the Lord for His faithfulness and love for you.  He will be with you. He will be enough.  And someday, you may look back and laugh at how tiny that trial was compared to the joy and hope that Jesus gave you.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
(Romans 15:13 ESV)
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Hearing the Music

written by Rachelle
I hoisted my gym bag over my shoulder the other day as I walked through the YMCA parking lot. Only two other people were around, a woman and a little boy about five years old. I smiled at them as we passed. I headed for the door. They ambled toward a blue minivan.
“Mama, I hear music.”
My steps slowed as my eyes roved around the half-full lot. Music?
I didn’t hear the mother’s reply. Instead, as I looked up at the flagpole, I heard the flag fluttering in the winter wind. The call of geese flying overhead suddenly seemed loud and…musical.
I rushed inside the gym, threw my stuff in my locker, and pulled a pad of paper and a pen from my purse. I just had to write that down, because I realized something.
Hope is a lot like music.
Sometimes it’s easier to hear. Sometimes it’s so faint that many miss its sweet tones.
Psalm 31:24, “Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.” (NKJV)
The music of hope is a hard thing to hear when busyness rolls over us like an epic movie theme…or when grief makes our hearts thump fast like the loud beat of drums…or even when complacency plays a piano in the background of our souls.
All of these sounds and more can drown out hope’s music.
Silence, especially.
The silence of hopelessness, despair, and destruction can pin us to the wall and plug our ears.
But through all the noise - and silence - in our lives, God calls us to listen…to hope…to know He is working in our overloaded lives, our sorrow, even our boredom with the everyday. He makes all things new…and He sings over us the song of hope. Even more amazing? He calls us to sing along so that the song grows ever stronger.
Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (NKJV)
Hope is hearing music when it would be easier to collapse in the silence.
So look around you…and listen. It may be the flag fluttering in the winter breeze or a flock of geese calling as they soar overhead.
Lord, I hear music.
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