I wrote a blog in 2016 called Hope is a Miracle. And it is, I see hope flourishing in the midst of impossible circumstances and swimming upstream against a flow of grief, hunger, sickness, and trial. Hope is an absolute miracle and it is a miracle that is overlooked and under appreciated. God has been teaching me more about hope lately. Hope is powerful. The word and concept of hope has in the past been a word that seemed void of strength. Like something we have when all strength is lost. Hope, it seemed to me, a weak substitution for being OK. Hope, all that is left when everything is lost. Hope, it truly is NOT what is leftover after devastation, but I have perceived it like this in the past. Have you? It is so much more than a leftover! I have never seen it as a powerful word. I am a visual person so it is easy for me to imagine words as colors. For example, perseverance would be blue, black or metal, signifying strength. Hope is pink, or light blue. Faith is bright and strong like fire, love is deep and rich color but HOPE, it’s definitely a pastel. Like a word art piece with HOPE intertwined with wildflowers of all pastel colors. Soft, sweet, …weak.
***Side note – I am such an out of control people pleaser that I need to add this caveat. If you love floral fonts and pretty things, well that’s great. I do too. Pink does not = weak. Not the point. Please, wear PINK and flowers and scream from the mountain top about your strength and vigor. It might be weird but if it must be done…I understand.***
This last week we have seen the POWER of hope and I want to share these stories with you. Watson, one of our friends in Lafferonnay, recently received a gift from Jessie to start a small business. He had been so sick from malnutrition and an intestinal infection that he could barely come ask for help. After KONBIT met his medical needs and gave him odd jobs and food, Jessie felt led to help him launch this small business. He has since been steady working. He has a battery, inverter, and 2 power strips. He uses these resources to run a charging station for peoples phones. He is healing up nicely, is able to feed himself and last week, for the 1st time, was able to send his Mom funds to help her. I know that sounds like no big deal, but to Watson, who loves his Mom and so badly wants to help, it means the world. The Hope that God has given him is POWERFUL and he is powering through impossible circumstances. Through strength, endowed to him by Hope. Hope that he has a future. Hope that he is seen by the God of the universe. Hope means Power to press through!
We have our dear friend Apredye who began a moto contract with KONBIT last year and who has worked as Jessie’s driver for 2 years. His mother was so sick last year and she received medicine from us that got her back on her feet. 4 members of his family also have work because of their connection to KONBIT. Everyday we hear new things about businesses they are starting and new ways they are creatively providing for themselves. They have Hope and so they have POWER to press through and accomplish difficult things for their families. Hope, like a fire in their soul, urging them on, giving strength to tired muscles.
Daniel and Dalien have worked tirelessly everyday to launch their barbershop that they funded with a micro-loan from KONBIT. They work every day painting, and prepping for a business that really believe can provide for them in impossible circumstances. They have Hope and so they press forward believing good things are to come.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain”
There are many different types of anchors. Some for calm waters, others for storms. Some permanent and others temporary. Many anchors work by embedding themselves in the seabed. A permanent anchor is also called a mooring. The commentary in my Bible on this passage said that we are moored to God himself. Permanently anchored to God inside of the Holy of Holies! Jesus’ once broken body, sits beside the Father and is how this anchor holds steadfast. He sacrificed his own body to ensure that this anchor could not be dislodged. This hope that we have is not some mamby-pamby weak vice. This Hope is not the absence of power; this hope is the power of God to sustain us and enable us to keep on keeping on! This Hope is a direct line to resurrection power and is referenced 180 times in God’s Word.
“but those who HOPE in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
It says, “Those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength.” The power and strength to do all God has called us to do is connected to Hope.
1 Peter 1:3
“Celebrate with praises the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has shown us his extravagant mercy. For his fountain of mercy has given us a new life—we are reborn to experience a living, energetic hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
So, here is to HOPE being written like fire or like steel because it represents the stunning, sustaining power and strength of the God of the universe. Hope is an anchor! Hope is strong like an eagle soaring. Hope is enduring like a runner that never gets tired. Hope holds the universe and contains the power of God who breathed out stars, the size of 1,000,000 earths, during creation.
So I am determined to give HOPE the respect it deserves. I need to recognize the power it has in my life and in the lives of the people that surround me. Hope is not weak and our hope is anchored to God himself. It is the strength of God manifested in our spirits when we could have thrown in the towel long ago. Hope not weak and I for one am in desperate need to be reminded of its power daily.