Confident Hope

I can’t believe it’s December – where has this year gone?! The Thanksgiving weekend is over, but I had a great time with my family around my dining room table sharing conversation and laughter. The next day we decorated for Christmas. The tree is up, the garlands are lit, our home looks so cozy .. the stockings are hung. And this year, there is still only 2. In the deepest part of my heart I secretly wished we could skip over Christmas this year. It seems like it’s just another reminder that we are still not parents..

Like every weekend, we went to church Saturday evening. And like He has done time and time again, the Lord gave me the words that I needed to hear. We started a new series called “Welcome Christmas” – the stage was lit up amid the beautiful Christmas lights. The feeling that the Christmas season is nearly upon us filled the room. But I struggled. In the back of my mind I couldn’t help but think of what could be this year. That this Christmas might finally be the one that we could fill the underneath of our tree with presents for a certain little someone. That this year might finally be the one that we could make our first visit to see Santa. That this year our heartache finally would have ended.

Listening to the message being given, I couldn’t help but realize that the fact that he was talking about the people who have a tendency to get stuck in a place of trying – of not quite getting there – spoke directly to me. That fact that you try over and over again and never quite measure up, or you think you’re just note quite good enough.. this really pulled at my heart. He referred to one of my favorite verses in the Bible: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; for those who live in a land of great darkness will see a light.” {Isaiah 9:2} I was reminded that He didn’t come to reinforce our struggle, He came to carry it. That for everything that needed to be done, He has done it by giving us His free grace. I was reminded that when you posess His grace so freely given, it allows you to inherit all of His promises. That when you accept it, you live in a life overflowing with hope. No matter the circumstances, no matter how tough life gets, that this life cannot get the best of me – because He did everything that needed to be done. God has already given me a peace that transcends my circumstances, but lately I have chosen not to welcome it. This past weekend reminded me of a confident Hope.
{2 Corinthians 9:8} says that God can give you all you need. He will give you more than enough. You will have everything you need for yourselves. And you will have enough left over to give when there is a need. He will give me what I need to weather that storm, to be secure in my footing when things fall apart, and not just enough to deal with it – I will have what I need at the time I need it – in abundance.

I left feeling renewed, with a confident hope, that good things are to come.

When we got home, I couldn’t wait to light up the Christmas tree and enjoy the twinkling white lights as I reminded myself “He has already done everything that needed to be done. We will see our light shine through this darkness…”

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2 thoughts on “Confident Hope

  1. Kelly says:

    Isnt it crazy how every wkend Gods message speaks directly to you no matter what youre going through? See for me it was another reminder of what not given into the bad feelings and believing that God will so what He says He sill do and to not give into the devil and corrupt my life with negativity. Man its easy to allow ourselves to feel down about things we want more than anything but allowing God to take all your worries and opening uour heart to Him over anytning is what changed my life forever. I was (as usual) in tears the entire service this wkend. I, like, Jason want to be like the angels and shout to all what God has done dor all of us!!! So jappy to hear how He is reaching you while you are experiencing some of the toughest moments youll ever go through. He loves you Soooooo MUCH!

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