"When the apple cart of life tips over, spilling uncertainty onto the road we are travelling, doubt can encompass our thoughts because it is a more tangible feeling to give in to. At times, we have an acute awareness of the problems, limitations, and difficulties facing us. Enshrouded by the fog of doubt, we are not able to see a brighter tomorrow or lasting solutions. The victorious truth is that God has full knowledge of what lies past that upset apple cart. Should we choose to allow Him to guide us through the tragedy, the mess, the helplessness, we will discover beautiful and eternal treasures waiting just beyond the last bruised apple lying on the ground." [Excerpt from my book WORTHY IN HIS EYES: Part Six: WORTHY: BY GOD'S SAVING GRACE ALONE...Chapter Four: HOPE!] © Kathleen M. Pritchard]
HOPE....a very powerful and inspiration-filled word. But it is more than just a word. It is a focus beyond that which is visible. For me, the very essence of Hope has complete fullness when I lay everything before the Lord, entrusting my life to His care. It doesn't mean all difficulties will disappear, but it does mean I don't carry the load alone......ever.
Why would we lay issues before Christ if we already knew what lay ahead? If we already knew the outcome? If the storybook of our lives was revealed to us from beginning to end, there would be no hope for the future. The outcome would be ascertained and our days would become mediocre. We would exist but without choices, rendering our lives stagnant. We would die, without having had any purpose.
God did not create puppets to manipulate; He gives us freedom to make choices. I can choose to cower and shrink back remaining in the dark cavern of hopelessness with the father of lies, or I can stand tall in spirit, shoulders back, head held high, eyes fixed forward to embrace the rich eternal HOPE offered freely to me through my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I saw my precious Mom place her trust in Christ every single day of my life. It was not an easy road by a long shot yet she rejoiced in living, truly living every single day before God carried her Home. She placed her trust in Him and He never let her down. Now she lives in complete freedom and joy with her Lord--for all of eternity.
This journey Kip and I have travelled during the past 15 years has tested us, grown us and deepened our trust in God--and each other. Our apple cart in life tipped over, seemingly shattering our world to pieces. But once we dusted ourselves off God showed us how to move through, then beyond the mess of discouragement, doubt & fear. Trusting Him completely gave us Hope to take those steps forward to a bright and Hope-filled future of new opportunities.
Although we do not know what each day will bring, we do know that God is in control. There is no greater Hope.
"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8: 24-28 NIV
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