Divorce had never even been in my vocabulary. Now I was living it.
As I looked at my circumstances…a single mom to a one-year-old…gloom covered any prospects of hope for the future.
How would I be able to provide for him? How could I become the head of the household and be mother and father to him? I hardly knew who I was anymore.
At that moment, I was seeing the glass half empty and not thinking about how God might fill it to overflowing. Until I turned on the radio and heard the speaker say, “Let your identity be in Christ.
I stopped in my tracks and let this truth wash over me.
As I listened further, the sermon sowed hope back into my heart. The seed that had been dormant for a time sprouted to life and I could envision it. The outcome of my life wasn’t in my hands or in whom I thought I was or should be. It was in His hands and they were big enough to hold me, my son, and our future.
I could have stayed in that state of wondering and whimpering very easily. But, I called on the Lord and in the strength of His word, recommitted myself to Him as His daughter. I can still feel the breath of life this trusting belief infused in me.
Knowing I was God’s daughter gave me joy and a greater depth of purpose and direction in raising my wonderful little son…a precious gift from God…and to lead him on the path to know his Heavenly Father. I had a new bounce in my step.
But if my hope had been built on anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ…the foundation and cornerstone…it would not have been a sustaining hope, but a pie-in-the-sky sentimentality. Rather this hope is trustworthy for it has life at its source. And the only One who can generate true, abiding, living hope is the God of all hope who lives within the heart of the believer in Jesus Christ.
Romans 15: 13, NKJV says, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
When we look around at the hopelessness in this world, the violence and uncertainty, it would seem safe to assume there is no reason for hope. Many look to themselves as the means for providing hope.
Achievement, materialism, escape, self-indulgence are a few methods people use. But, they only lead to emptiness and futility because these pursuits have no life to give. The Bible speaks about how the world scoffs at the idea of a Savior.
“The stone which the builders rejected,” says 1 Peter 2: 7b, “has become the chief cornerstone.” Isaiah had already prophesied, “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation.’”
Over forty years have passed since that day my picket fence fell down and all my hopes and dreams seemed to be crushed beneath it. Until, I reaffirmed my faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ, and took my position as the daughter of Father God.
In faith and standing on His promises, the Lord met me where I was, inspired me to move forward and trust Him on the journey. He had a plan for my life as He does for each of His children.
That plan included a godly husband, two more sons and a life of family, music ministry and so much more than I could have planned for myself and my son…or even hoped or imagined.
Truly, He is our living hope. We can come to Him with even the smallest mustard seed of faith and receive His free gift of salvation. When we do, He responds by becoming, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
~ Next, let’s explore love. ~
“Faith, hope, love…the greatest of these is love.”