Have you ever wondered what goes through a caterpillar’s mind while it’s encased in a the chrysalis stage before becoming a butterfly? Can you just hear it now, ” Hey, who turned off the lights?…ooooh I can’t move…lemme outta here – I’m getting claustrophobic!…and what’s with this ugly sardine can I can’t break out of?” I know, sounds silly. Not so silly when we feel that way ourselves. Wrapped in darkness. Stuck. Can’t see a way out. Hanging by a limb. We wonder if we’ll ever get set free from whatever it is that’s getting in our way or hurting us. Will we ever see a butterfly ending to the spinning and struggling that’s been holding us hostage? Will we see the light of day again?
- Beautiful artwork by Jennifer Ueckert of StudioJRU
It happens to all of us. We find ourselves in broken relationships that seem impossible to mend. Tough breaks that just won’t bend. We stand in unemployment lines for way too long. Our health gets stolen, our hearts get ripped apart. For reasons that just don’t make sense. We mess up royally, again and again. And the list goes on. Whatever it is, as I learned from VeggieTales, “God is bigger than the boogey-man.” He is even bigger the most giant-est problem or heartache. He made us and will see us through. That’s a promise. No matter what, nothing can separate us from His love or the purpose He has planned for our life. Everything will work out…in His time. As long as we draw breath on this earth, there is always hope.
Hope is my One Word for 2014. Hope for a better tomorrow, living in joyful expectation for God’s best. Hope invites trust and gets us through the waiting, waiting, waiting for things to happen or improve. It is the heartline that attaches us to the will of God as we reach out for His hand in every situation. He will be there, you know. We do our best and let God take care of the rest. Before we know it, we’ll have climbed out of the valley and all the way up to a mountain summit. Though there will be things we’ll never understand this side of heaven, we can look below and catch a glimpse of everything we’ve been through and see how God used it to transform us into someone more like Him. We also see all the pieces that were puzzling us fall into place to reveal a clear picture of what He was up to all along. Every season had a reason. Things worked out for our good. Often with results more awesome than we ever imagined!
No matter what, there is always hope. Everlasting, powerful, beautiful hope is what I’m pouring out in this week’s Coffee for Your Heart. I’m filling your cup with this pocket encouragement brimming with Hope-full words from above. Keep it handy wherever you go and watch His peace and joy follow suit as you hope in Him.
Pocket Reminder that’s full of HOPE
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
“For 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. - Jeremiah 29:11
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. - Hebrews 10:23
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed. – Isaiah 49:23
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our saviour. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas. -Psalm 65:5
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. – Psalm 33:20
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. -Psalm 94:19
You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed. – Proverbs 23:18
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. – 1 Corinthians 13:7
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. – Romans 5:5
I pray also that the eye of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incredibly great power for us who believe. – Ephesians 1:18
Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my savior, my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my saviour; my God will hear me. – Micah 7:7
This week Coffee for Your Heart invited us to “just share whatever is on your heart that could encourage someone else.” You can grab another cup of encouragement at Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s place to hear her message and link-up to more inspirational posts from the Coffee for Your Heart Community.
Don’t you just love the beautiful “there is always hope” artwork in this post by the very talented artist Jennifer Ueckert ? There’s more whimsical, gorgeous, and inspirational works of heART where that came from at StudioJRU – and they are for sale! Hope they touch your heart and delight your eyes as much as they do mine.
Thank you Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image