I wonder how long we would last if we moved up to northern Alaska or even the North Pole? Few of us would be able to survive for long even with the proper equipment and supplies, even fewer would be able to enjoy living in such harsh, unforgiving conditions. But I bet most people would be willing to try it out, if they had the assurance that at a moment’s notice they could be airlifted to a much more comfortable place, ie. Hawaii, Malibu, Florida, etc. I have heard so many people lament the winter challenges of all this snow and cold temperatures, and I too have shaken my fist toward the snowflakes dropping from the sky when it’s been the third or fourth time in a week to shovel. However, if you haven’t noticed yet, spring is on its way. Listen closely and you may hear some birds chirping early in the morning, or notice the sky has lightened a few shades of blue. The mountains of icy snow have started to shrink little by little, and seniors are bounding in the hallway because Spring is on its way. This hope of warmer days already has put pep in our step, and in the same way, this is what drives the Christian in his or her journey through life – hope. The hope that the Eternal Spring is on its way. One thing to note is that right behind Godly hope follows pervasive joy. When we walk in hope, life is full of real joy. When we have been drained of hope, life is dismal and frustrating.
So if you find yourself, your family, or your students acting like life is stuck in a forever-winter, consider posting these verses in a place that they will readily see them.
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13