"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Although I haven't explored my word for the year, hope, often in my blogs, I am blindsided by the realization of how much this word has played a part in 2021. What brings it home is an acronym offered by Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries, whose daily devotions I subscribe to. Here is what Greg says:
If you're losing hope today, don't give up. I don't know what kind of situation you're in right now, but you're going to get through it. Remember this acronym for hope: holding on with patient expectation.
Wow! Just wow!
The key word here for me is patient. Honestly, I don't like waiting for answers, waiting in line, or anything else that tries my patience.
Yet, in this year of HOPE, my patience for patience has increased ten-fold. It's had to, considering all the circumstances by which I've been tasked and tested. Here are some examples:
- Waiting for the Covid vaccine
- Waiting to see daughter, Sarah, son-in-law, John, and the grands over spring break
- Waiting through the long summer weeks of Mom's illness, hoping beyond hope that we can bring her back to her own home in time. Now, thankfully, she is in her forever home with God.
- Waiting for Danny's heart to be healed and whole once again, which it is, praise the Lord!
- Waiting right now for our Thanksgiving journey to spend time once again with Sarah, John and the girls, praying for safe travels and a wonderful, memorable visit.