Saturday, January 29, 2011
The word hope in essence is the belief that everything will eventually turn out for the best. As a Christian, our faith is based on hope. It is based on the hope that God's promises are true. It is based on the promise that ,All things work for the good of those who love God. It is based on the promise that one day Jesus will return to this earth to bring us to our home in Heaven. We have a great hope, but I just wonder sometimes how much we allow that hope to influence our lives, and the lives of others.
This world has little hope. It has been deceived into believing that all that matters is the here and now. Instead of living for a higher purpose, many just live day to day, just trying to pull everything out of this life that they can. No wonder there is so much sadness. When our perspective is based on the walls that trap us, and the tragedy around us, we can get so bogged down in negativity and hopelessness.
Hope, however, calls us to look up. The walls are still there. Injustice and tragedy are still there, but we can see that there is something beyond our present circumstances. We begin to see a way out. We begin to hope.
As Christians, our hope is in the trust that we place in Jesus as our Lord and savior. Our hope is that we are forgiven of our sins, and that we are being restored into the person that God designed us to be. Our hope is that one day, we will live as we were meant to live. We are eternal beings created to have a relationship with Almighty God, and to be honest, life just does not get any better than that.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This morning, the house is silent. The television is off and the only sound is the sound of my fingers typing along the keyboard and the hum of the refrigerator in the kitchen. It is one of those rare Saturday mornings where I have awakened and am curled up on the couch wrapped like a burrito in my warm furry blanket.
Outside, a two inch blanket of snow covers the ground. At sunrise, I peeked outside to watch the first rays of the morning sun kiss the snow that fell Thursday night. It washed the pure white snow in a lovely warm golden shade as the sun began its ascent into the winter sky.
To be honest, I cherish these moments when I am slow to wake. I am purposeful to not think about the upcoming activities and the to do lists that need to be accomplished today. It is just me, my laptop, and my peaceful thoughts this morning....my peaceful Saturday morning.
I cherish these moments as little gifts from God. The joy of having a small moment wrapped in total peace and serenity when chaos envelopes the entire world. So many people would love to just have one moments peace, and I am basking in it and reflecting on childhood memories and cherished loved ones. I am blessed to occasionally have these moments, moments when all is well in the world and I am at total peace. These are the moments where I can recharge, and align my priorities, and having found that rest and peace, I am ready to face another busy day!
(c) Jennifer Meyers 2011
Text and Photo by Jennifer Meyers 2010, 2011