The in between feels hard, uncomfortable, and can give disappointment a megaphone to our mind and heart. And yet, that’s exactly where we find ourselves, living all year in the in between.
But isn’t that just how God shaped us to be, a people who live in between what has already happened and what has yet to happen?
We wait in hope for His return and trace His promises just like people in the Old Testament did before us.
God gave His people hope in the promise that a savior would be born. He promised a rescuer. He promised justice. And justice came in the form of a tiny baby boy. They traced the promises and clung to hope even in the darkest of times.
And actually, I think hope shines brightest in the hardest and darkest of times. It’s in the dark and the hard that we see what hope is really made of.
Our hope is anchored in the promise of what has already been fulfilled and the promise of what is to come. We find our lives shaped in the in between.
I think we were made for the in between so that we could always look to Jesus and His promises and that’s how we would keep hope alive. He made a way for hope to always be alive.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2
“Sometimes we ask for help and God gives us hope; not because it’s different, but because it’s the same.” (Bob Goff)
God, I thank you for the gift of hope that we have in you. I thank you that you created us with the capacity to hope. May we find rest in the knowledge that you are faithful and you never fail us. Thank you that because of Jesus, hope will always be alive.
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