This song was played in church yesterday. I've sang it a million times. Yesterday it was sang by a special guest, and the projector was scrolling through random pictures. Then there was an image that stopped me in my tracks. There was a picture of the beach and the shore. In that image I could see her running to me, like some cheesy Hallmark movie, with her arms wide open. I couldn't breath and I grabbed Richard's leg. Will it really be like that? I have no clue, but I can't help but wonder.
There are many moments in my life now, that I know I have dreampt of or seen before, and since I don't believe in coincidences, I believe God shows you small glimpses of your life to come. I think we are just too caught up in our every day lives to recognize them. I don't think I ever shared before the first time it happened to me. I was in TN with Ellie and it was the 4th of July celebration with Habitat for Hope. We were lining up the kids to take a picture, and in an instant, I knew I had seen this very image before. It happened so quick, and the feeling was gone. But it was one of those feelings you just want to live over and over, because you know it comes from God. To me, when it happens, that "deja vu" moment - it assures me, God has already been there, he has planned it all out, he knows the future and if I would just open my eyes and my heart, He will give me that glimpse, a glimmer of Hope.
Hope...its what helps me through each and every day. It is the confident expectation that I will once again see Ellie, whether she's running to me with open arms or we just bump into one another, I'm so happy to be given that promise, that Hope that we will be reunited one day. It's a wonderful feeling to have that reassurance, especially on days where her absence from this house is felt all over!
So your here's your Hope...
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:2-5
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25
So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7
For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10
and my favorite
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
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