While in God's Grip!
However, as it is written, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9,10
During the season of Lent, I am reminded that we are to be people of hope. While we acknowledge the journey of Jesus during this season, we are reminded to look inward, and not get tangled up with the things of this world.
Time and time again Jesus draws us to God, in the prayers that he prays, in the miracles that he performs, and even as he is tossed among the waves. A person who has hope must always be directed back to God.
While we still struggle with our daily desires, having faith is not about believing that every request will be fulfilled. As the song goes, "Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers."
For the prayer of hope it is essential that there are no guarantees asked, no conditions posed, and no proofs demanded, only that you expect everything from the other without binding God.
Hope is believing that what will be given will be good. Hope includes an openness by which you wait. Hope is believing that God's promises are true, and will be provided for, even though you never know when, where or how this might happen.
Hope is always present. We must believe, while we remain In God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.