Hope is the Theme
As I glanced out the front door at my pathetically wilted mums, my eye caught a yellow blossom. And then another. Circling the plant, I found at least three more blossoms on what seemed like petrified green leaves. I thought the sunny mums would never bloom again. I had come dangerously close to giving up on the plant. Just issuing a military “haircut” down to the bare bones.
With the bud of new life, Hope sprung in my heart. If I provided some tender loving care, more frequent watering, and a smidgen more plant food, this mini bush would bloom color through a cloudy, chilly winter days.
It reminded me of our walk with the Lord. We approach our initial relationship with enthusiasm, fertilizing this blossom of love with nourishment from the Word of God and sunshine from basking in His presence. As time passes, we can get a little careless with the relationship, forgetting to water the seed of love, joy, hope, and salvation that the Lord planted in our hearts. Just as the plant withered due to neglect, so does our relationship with the Lord wither. We may be tempted to throw away that relationship because we think we have ruined it. If we just wait on the Lord, He will come and snip away what is dead in our life so that new blossoms full of joy and hope can unfold shimmering with His brilliant light.
This week of Advent focuses on the Hope we have in Jesus. Hope in the waiting for His Advent. Hope in the celebration of His birth that brings us salvation through His death. What a paradox! Death that brings life.
I need to be busy about nourishing that life and increasing in Hope.
“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 NIV
How will you nourish this week the Hope that blossoms in your heart?
Inspiring, even as simple as three sunny mums would make our day brighter..our life in Jesus is just like that.
A beautiful message to ponder, it’s a reminder for me to always prioritize my relationship with God, to nourish it and not take it for granted.
Seeing HOPE like that leaves me wondering how can we NOT believe…it’s all around us! This was a fantastic reflection on hope…taking the time to prepare my heart for His birth….
I love that illustration and I love “We wait in hope..”
I stood at my kitchen window today in tears of worship and praise at what the goodness of God has done in giving us rain again…..even today on our first official day of summer. And oh the growth….it is almost unbelievable.
I felt again the pain of the years when I looked out and saw it as a desert but thanked God that I had felt that pain and had still walked through…in hope till the rains came.
Oh the glory of it now.
Beautiful flowers and words of wisdom. God is so good and I love Him even more evey day. He doesn’t have to prove anything to us but last week He did. We had a miracle. You can read about it or maybe you did in my WFW last week. Still praising God for His mighty works.
What a beautiful flower..and what beautiful wisdom.
I’m so thankful for the blessed hope that we have….and I’m eternally grateful!
Have a blessed day.
Thank you all for sharing how Hope in the One Eternal God has filled your life.
From My Heart to Yours,
Beautiful thoughts, Word, and pic! Definitely need to keep watering with His Word and tending the weeds. It gets overgrown so easily.
This is such a hope-filled time for me, Janis. Thank you for this beautiful reflection. Have you visited Bonnie at Faith Barista today? She is talking about hope also. I’m heading over there to read a bit too. Can’t ever have too much hope.
@Sherry, pulling the weeds out this Christmas and soaking in His Word are the way to go! Thank you for your insight.
@Laura, thank you for mentioning Bonnie at Faith Barista. I hoped over there and found some great thoughts on Hope and posts that encouraged me in the Hope of Christmas. I also added a link to her “Thursday Jam” to this post. Thanks, Laura.
Very true and succinct! Those words are directly from the Lord.!!!
This was such a beautiful post.
“We may be tempted to throw away that relationship because we think we have ruined it.”
You are such an encourager, sweeping away discouragement that could keep us from God’s love.. and confidently drawing to Him in Advent. Thank you for adding this to the jam, Janis!