One of my favorite bible teachers (Krisit McLelland) teaches that one of the hardest yeses anyone ever gave to God was Mary, the mother of Jesus. It was a costly yes for her in her time and culture.
Mary was a girl who would have grown up in a culture that clung to the words of the prophets that a savior was coming. They held fast to the great promise but never knew when the promise would be fulfilled. They were a culture that lived on the edge of preparation.
What does it look like to live a life hanging on the edge of preparation? If you fully believed that God’s promises never fail and he is true to his word, how would you live and prepare for the promise that was coming?
Maybe living on the edge of preparation is where faith and hope really come alive. Faith ignites the flame of hope that holds fast to the edge of preparation because it knows that it knows, the promise is coming. And that flame of hope gives way to courage to prepare for the promise you can’t tangibly see but you know will come.
There is a deep rooted trust that grows from inhabiting this space of preparation because that trust can trace the heart of God when it cannot trace his hand.
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” Charles Spurgeon
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
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. Thank you for the grace you give us to be certain in the midst of great uncertainty and thank you for the ways we can trust your heart.