If We Don’t Lose Hope
Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
I don’t know about you, but I like to start new projects. I like to pursue new paths. I love diversity! I love creativity.
Think about some dreams you have had that initially filled you with overflowing enthusiasm! Even those around you may have shared your excitement and patted you on the back and said things like “Wow! That’s great! Congratulations!” or “You’re so talented…you will definitely succeed at that.”
…Or maybe they even said “You make a wonderful couple…What a beautiful wedding ceremony.”
Wouldn’t life be so nice if from that point onward, everything went as we planned? But for many of us, two years in, life happens and unlike our tiny seed in our picture, we didn’t know we were going to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness and have to struggle to reach the light!
Not losing hope is a large part of the subject matter in Paul’s letters in the New Testament. The pastor where I attend church talked about our broken world this past weekend. He spoke about how suffering is inevitable. How some decide to just bask in the suffering and live life telling everyone about the terrible things that happen to them. Like Eeyore in the children’s story of Winnie the Pooh, who is generally characterized as a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, anhedonic, old grey stuffed donkey, they say “Woe is me”
Yet others see the purpose in their suffering. They realize they are growing right into the plan God has for them. They even seem happy about it. They see it as a diamond in disguise. Something to work at. Something to become more like Christ about. Which brings me to the unfinished dreams we were meant to bring about with God’s strength within us.
I read an interesting article earlier today that mentioned the partaking of communion. We partake of the bread and the wine. But God didn’t give us bread in it’s finished form. He gave us wheat. And God didn’t give us wine in the bottle. He gave us grapes. He gave us raw materials. It’s a lot of work to make bread from wheat or wine from grapes. It’s a lot of work to develop the gifts and character traits God bestowed on each one of us.
Maybe you feel like you must not be on the right path in your life anymore. Maybe you feel like giving up because you have been waiting so long for a job. Or for your original dream …the one you knew God called you to…to come into fruition. Maybe you are waiting for healing…. of your marriage or of your broken heart. Maybe you are waiting for an open door for your mission work. Or for a husband and a family of your own. Maybe you are waiting for heaven to see those you love once again…
What does the Apostle Paul say? “Don’t get tired of doing good because you will reap a harvest.”
How will we reap that harvest? IF WE DON’T LOSE HOPE.