It didn’t cost much. I bought it who knows where, who knows how long ago, because it fit with the tagline under which everything I write and speak about fits: Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark.
Rustic…as hope sometimes is…it boasted a small LED light operated by a tiny battery, and a small tag added to the picture with its simple message, “Never give up.” Never give up, period. And never give up on hope.
In my attempt to capture a picture of it to use for a blog post like this, my hope broke.
The resin word shattered off the light housing and the bottom of the E fell off, making it look more like hopf, which is the sound we sometimes make when we’re unsure hope is strong enough to carry us through whatever has its grip on our heart.
I stared at the broken hope, conscious that I was looking behind the scenes of the lives of the kind of people and devastating crises that I wrote about in Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices. Those whose circumstances make hope seem like it’s beaten up, marred, not communicating what it once did.
The top picture was taken today. Hope was restored with a little super-glue and time.
What does that say to you, in a symbolic way, about the methods God uses to refurbish, repair, restore your hope when it begins to show its wear?
It’s a picture I won’t forget.
Beliefnet is featuring quotes from Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices today in a beautifully done slide gallery. One of these quotes may be the holding-on place you need today.
If asked to rate where on this list you’d place the importance of hope, how would you respond?
Would it show up on your list without coaching? When facing a survival situation, what role does hope play?
That’s one of the questions addressed in a new release–Ragged Hope, Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices. Within the pages are stories of people like you and me walking through the aftermath and paying the consequences for someone else’s bad decision.
Hope can take a beating in the dailies of those consequences. It gets worn around the edges, tattered, loses its luster, grows thin like a toddler’s favorite blanket dragged through one too many adventures.
By contrast, the Bible describes the hope God gives as anchor-like. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,” Hebrews 6:19 NIV. The Common English Bible expresses it this way: “This hope, which is a safe and secure anchor for our whole being, enters the sanctuary behind the curtain.”
Behind the curtain! So, that’s where hope was hiding.
A safe and secure anchor no matter what storm is raging around us.
If your hope seems too weathered to be much help right now, please be assured that from God’s side, it is as solid as ever. You can depend on it.