Today I needed some inspiration.
I thought of books that have inspired me and the first one that came to mind was 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I went to her blog at www.aholyexperience.com and saw that she had just started a 31 day devotional. I read the one entitled “When You’re Missing Hope” and was completely blessed by her beautiful words. You can check out the whole post by going here.
Ann wrote about planting bulbs in the ground for the spring before the frost this fall:
“Why do we have to dig so deep?”
Son’s face reddens in the excavating. Little One digs her own hole alongside mine.
“Well, Child, some things are meant to really be laid down.”
“I’m going to drop mine in now.” Son’s holding his bulb poised, looking my way for assurance.
“No!” Little One wails. “Don’t put the flower so far down in the dark!” She tries to wrest the bulb from his hand. I scoop her angst all up close.
“But it has to go down in,” I brush the hair out of her eyes, kiss the tip of that pug nose. "And sometimes, Child, hope’s waiting is dark.”
The two bolded points she made, really made me think. Maybe God brings us to a low point in our lives because He wants to dig roots deep enough for us to feel them with our every breath. Just because your life is dark doesn’t mean there isn’t hope.
“And sometimes, Child, hope’s waiting is dark.”
Ann went on to share Isaiah 30:18 which said:
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
Blessed are all who wait for him. I love that. Even when it’s dark inside the waiting, you can have hope because He will bring you blessing. I needed to hear this today.
Sometimes waiting on God can be a hard thing to do. I’m sure you can resonate with me on this. It seems like His timing is so slow or things just aren’t happening as quickly as you would like them. But even when it feels like there is no hope in your situation, you can rest assured that God is doing something in your messiness and will bring blessing through it!
As soon as I saw this verse I felt God tugging on my heart to flip to a verse I memorized a long while ago. Even though this verse spoke to me a couple years ago for something completely different God brought it to the forefront of my mind today to give me a reminder of hope. Since He brought me through things before, He can bring me through even more!
The verse is Psalm 40:1-3:
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”
In those times of waiting on the Lord, and feeling as if there is no hope for my situation to change, I know I don’t feel like singing a song of praise to God. But to know that he will take me out of the pit of destruction and put that song in my mouth gives me hope. Hope isn’t always pretty, but that doesn’t mean God won’t give up on us. Have hope!
God, I just want to thank you for the way you spoke to me through Ann’s beautiful words and your Word today. I remember the things you have brought me through in the past and even though sometimes I don’t see a lot of hope in things I know you will bring me through those situations. You have shown yourself completely trustworthy, and you won’t stop being trustworthy. I can put my hope in you. Thank you!
[This post first appeared on Radical Everyday Living, October 7, 2013]