Have you ever had one of THOSE days? Not much has gone right from your perspective and you become a bit surly (or maybe even more than a bit)?
Not long ago, I had such a day. Recognizing that my attitude wasn’t fit for human consumption, I took a Time Out, hopped on my elliptical machine and tried to sweat out all the toxins. While I did sweat, I was still toxic – now I was surly AND smelly! I could at least address the stench, so, I jumped in the shower. As usual, I had my Pandora radio blasting from my waterproof speaker.
I typically only shower long enough to hear one song, and during those 4-5 minutes, God sent a message that broke through my “ick” of the day. Despite Pandora being set to “shuffle”, the one song that played was “My Hope is in You” by Aaron Shust. The chorus (below) contains these words:
My hope is in You, Lord, All the day long. I won’t be shaken by drought or storm. A peace that passes understanding is my song, And I sing – my hope is in You, Lord.
As I sang along, I realized that I had no peace all day because I hadn’t been hoping in Christ all day. In fact, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t allowed myself to think much about Him at all. I had placed my hope in a few people, and they had let me down. I had hoped for an event or two to occur, and they didn’t. Expectations unfulfilled; hopes dashed.
Only hope placed in God is sure to be met. Give it some thought today – in what or whom are you placing your hope? Are any of your own disappointments due to misplaced hope? –Dave
We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
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