Every single one of my family members say that they “hate” jigsaw puzzles. Yet when we take a family vacation together it has become tradition to buy a new puzzle and spend our evening hours working it. Why? I think maybe it’s because it gives us the opportunity to work at something together as a team, while laughing, singing silly ditties, and eating lots and lots of junk food. Or, being slightly less magnanimous, I think that saying that we hate them (when we probably really love them) gives us an excuse to complain.
If that makes sense to you, your family is probably as “funny” as mine is. 🙂
Welcome to FREEDOM FRIDAY – A devotional, emotional, spiritual and sometimes hysterical series that I will be sharing on occasional Fridays, in addition to my regular Old Things New posts. Why? Because though once bound in chains Christ has set me free – FREE to live, to love, to dance, to sing, to be who God created me to be!
HOPE. We all need something to place our hope in don't we? In what or whom do you place yours? Click To TweetMost people place their hope in things of the world. Things that are sure to disappoint. Yes, even Christ followers often have a misplaced hope. Hope in the things that we think we can hold onto, such as family, friendships, health, jobs, finances, and all our possessions. Eventually, when these things disappoint (because they always will) we have a tendency to blame God, or question His presence in our lives, or even to walk away from Him completely.
Think back to my family, putting together a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle. The tiny pieces all spread out across the table simply don’t make sense. We begin by looking for all the edge pieces first and then sorting pieces by color. As we work one little piece at a time all we can do is hope that the maker of the puzzle gave us all of the pieces and that they will eventually fit together into a whole and beautiful picture just like the one on the box.
Lately I’ve been feeling concerned by some circumstances in my own life and, to be honest, I’ve felt a bit shaken. I’ve encountered some health mysteries (along with some unrelated discoveries while the mysteries were being investigated) which have caused me to experience a whole range of emotions – confusion, denial, fear, dread, hope, and eventually, assurance that, “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV).
When I’m feeling afraid or confused by the way things are happening in my world, Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) has always been one of my go-to verses. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ahhh . . . hope. But think for a moment about the man who penned these Scripture verses. Jeremiah. The “weeping prophet.” His life was a mess! It was miserable! It didn’t make sense! Yet, though he may have done a bit of weeping over circumstances, his hope wasn’t in those circumstances, but in his Maker, Father God.
Are there things happening in your world that don’t make sense? Difficult things that you can’t piece together? I’m not telling you about my health concerns because I desire sympathy. In fact, drawing attention to myself is actually quite embarrassing to me. The reason I’m telling you my current struggles is because I have full confidence and hope that my Maker will bring all the confusing pieces together to create something beautiful in my life. He always has. He always will. I want to share that hope with you.
PRAYER: Papa God, for those reading this today who are struggling with uncertainty, fear, depression, lack of hope, or any other circumstance that overwhelms and makes no sense to them, please draw near to them as they seek and draw near to You. Bring them an assurance that when they place their trust in and follow You, all the pieces of their lives will come together into something good. Help them to see that You are the only real hope in this world and that you love them and desire only the best for them. Give a new awakening of hope to each one today. In Jesus’ name.
Praying God’s blessings over each and every one of you today,
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