There is such a great tension in waiting. And depending on what you’re waiting for, that tension and anticipation can feel exciting or frightening.
The stories of our lives are filled and marked by both of those emotions in the waiting. And our God given ability to imagine or think is so evident in those moments.
The writer of Lamentations (traditionally believed to be Jeremiah) highlights an antidote to the moments when fright gives way to fear and fear seems so loud. He begins to remember and to exalt and worship God by declaring the nature of God.
That antidote to fear is the practice of remembering God’s goodness, it’s worshiping. Worship is powerful and will always shift things.
Whether we speak out the hope we have in God or sing it out, it’s that practice of remembering that is a game changer for our hearts.
Remembering who God is and what He has done brings the awareness of God’s presence. There is a rest that is found in that awareness and it will always elevate our hope.
“Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.’….”
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. I pray that we would spill out hope to everyone we encounter. May we be people who make hope contagious this week and sing out your goodness.
*Image by David Beale