A few years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to spend ten days in Jordan filming a music video for their tourism board. It was an amazing experience with a wonderful yet hectic and tight schedule. Filming is not for the faint of heart and I have a lot of respect for people in the industry. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being a part of this music video but it definitely kept me busy.
One of the last days we were filming happened to be in the Wadi Rum desert. We wanted to capture as much footage with golden hour on our heels so we spent a significant time there. Towards the end of the day we had a wonderful meal with a Bedouin Tribe and as we were about to head back to our bus, we learned it had broken down.
This mishap left us sitting for a few hours in the middle of the desert waiting. It had become dark and what started out as a seemingly unfortunate incident ended up marking that trip for me in a profound way.
We sat there in the desert sand under the most magnificent sky and with the most stars I had ever seen in my life. I thought I had seen stars camping, or at the ocean but this, this was altogether something else.
This sky was lit up and I was full of wonder. The wonder chased away exhaustion and gave me the gift of time standing still to appreciate God’s glory fully on display.
I was and still am so thankful for that experience. It is now a part of my history with God. And it times that are tough or things feel dark, I remember that sky and I am thankful. Thankfulness will always make space for hope to grow in the midst of darkness. And hope interrupts darkness.
“Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights–His faithful love endures forever. the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever. and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 136:6-9God, 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. Thank you for the ways we can trust your heart and may we look for hope in everything.