Hope invites the truth that not everything is past tense.
When we lack hope, we find it difficult to look forward, to see how something in our today can be reconciled or redeemed. If we can’t make sense of it, we lean toward thinking it can never be used to rebuild or clear a path into something in the future. We might never see the goodness in the pain or chaos, but we might appreciate some healing that comes out of it. We might recognize an opportunity to help someone. We might find an ounce of gratitude in the “but God…”
True hope cannot be deceptive. It is never dependent on a specific result occurring in the future. We limit the possibilities of faith when we tie a balloon of hope to a specific gift we want to open someday. The truth of hope always ties to God’s promises and presence. Maybe some people struggle to hope because all they’ve experienced is a tangled web of strings that don’t seem to lead to anything. Or, they have been let down, because hope has been tied to the wrong things. Or maybe, it’s simply too difficult to see beyond the now. But beyond the now exists. Even when we can’t foresee it or understand it, we can anticipate it. We can trust God to prepare us for it. We can embrace the truth of today so that the strings guide us to tomorrow. Our futures are not dependent on an outcome. Our futures are secure in the hand of God, who embodies hope.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23