“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word, I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
I’m a “wish”er from way back. Birthday cake candles. Shooting stars. Tarnished pennies. Oh, I love to wish on those pennies that try to hide in the corner of my purse, under the restaurant table, and even in the middle of the street.
(I actually tried to pry a penny from the sizzling pavement in the middle of the street with my heel while completely ignoring the honks of oncoming traffic…all for a wish!)
Merriam defines “wish” like this: to want something to be true or to happen.
You see for me, the thing about wishing is all about the experience of the wish and less about the wish itself. In other words, I make the wish, go on with my life, and never give it a second thought.
Now, HOPE is a whole different penny.
Merriam defines “HOPE” like this: the feeling that what is desired is also possible or that events may turn out for the best.
So, think about the last time you really had HOPE.
Didn’t the whole world look brighter? Didn’t you feel like anything was possible?
Then, think about the last time you lost HOPE.
Completely the opposite, right?
Why is it that we are so slow to grab onto HOPE, yet so quick to let it go?
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)
Did you notice the word “wait” in the Psalm as well as the Romans verse?
Not my favorite word.
Except when it has to do with HOPE.
Wishing on that tarnished old penny that I can clearly see isn’t HOPE. Waiting for my Heavenly Father with “my whole being”…even though I can’t see what He is doing right now…no, especially because I can’t see what He is doing right now…oh yeah people, that’s HOPE!
And, I’d definitely stand out in the middle of the street for that.
Spread your joy,