When, as a child, I wished for summer, my birthday, or Christmas my mom would say, “Carmen, you’re wishing your life away.” I didn’t quite grasp what she meant. My life seemed endless before me. Now as an adult, there have been seasons – days, weeks, months – that I wanted to wish away too. Seeing no value in the path I was walking.
One of the things that has encouraged me during a difficult season is the hope of tomorrow. The sun will come out again. Realizing that nothing stays the same. Knowing that as long as I breathe, the hope of change is there.
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord Psalm 21:24 NLT
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 NLT
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 MSG (Italics mine)
Alert expectancy – hope. As I type I hear Annie singing “Tomorrow” in my head. Remember tomorrow is only a day away.