My Hope Is In You
When I was a little girl I used to dream of being a professional singer. Not necessarily Beyoncé style (although in retrospect that would have been one amazing dream) but a singer nonetheless. I wanted to perform in front of thousands of people and have a microphone where I could share stories and witty sarcastic antidotes that would make people happy. I would wear outfits that would hug all the right curves and have hair that would flawlessly flow down my back. Okay, maybe it was a little Beyoncé like. I dreamed of hearing people cheer when I went on stage and autographing cassette tapes and posters. I had dreams of bus trips during concert tours and writing songs with my band on the road. I was a young girl with a big dream.
Fast forward 35 years later, and although I can perform an amazing version of Halo in the shower, I am not a famous singer. There are no poster signings or bus tours. I think I own one outfit that hugs my curves just right and my hair…well; it’s a work in progress. It was a dream; something to spin around in my head with almost wistful fantasy and no regard for feasibility. A dream that had as much realism as the question, “what would I do if I won a billion dollars?”
For today, I’m done dreaming. I’m putting aside the whimsical fiction that allows me to escape my life and I’m choosing to focus on hope. Hope is desire with expectation of obtainment. Hope is wanting with expectation. Hope is active…it’s assertive. It’s empowering.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
We cannot ignore that hope is such an important part of our relationship with God. Faith, HOPE, and love. I have faith in the grace, mercy and power of God. I know that love is the key to bringing peace and contentment to my life. Love is the adhesive that binds all the pieces together. But hope…hope is active faith. Hope knows that God is sovereign and desires praying with expectation.
I hope that I will be able to be strong for my children as they navigate the battles that life throws their way.
I hope that I will experience the partnership of marriage.
I hope that I will find a way to serve God that brings Him glory.
I hope that my life will be a witness to God’s unfailing love.
Today these are my hopes. These are the things that I pray for with expectation. I’m not going to lie, I still dream of being a famous singer, and still use the shampoo bottle as a microphone occasionally, but I know that those thoughts are just dreams. Today, I’m investing in hope, and if I get a day when my hair flows perfectly down my back and I have an outfit that hugs all my curves right, that’s just undeserved grace.