Friday, March 6, 2015

What the Cross means to me: Hope

For me, the cross means hope. 

Sometimes hope is in short demand. So much happens; so much has the potential to happen….
And all the “What If’s” have a habit of disrupting my neat little lists…

Which is kinda stressful and not really very hopeful.

The truth of the matter is that no matter how crazy and how scary the world might get, I can still have hope and lean on Jesus. I can still have hope that He is my forever king. I can have hope that He is still sovereign. He is still my all and all. He is still my redeemer. He is still in charge. He will still keep me steady. He is still the anchor for my soul and my hope.

Sometimes in the world, it’s hard to hold onto that hope. It’s hard to have hope when life throws you curve balls and monkey wrenches in the same shot. (What is a monkey wrench even? I know I shouldn’t use a reference that I don’t know what it means, but everyone always says, “Monkey wrenches” like it’s a bad thing so I thought I should say it to... Are they anything like flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz? That would really stink if one of those got stuck in your plans...  That is so far off topic… Sorry about that.)

The news that gets delivered to our ears and eyes is not really conducive to hope.  Hope—that anchor for our soul--is so lacking in today’s culture! It really is!

Anyway, in case you couldn’t tell from my excessive vocabulary I have been studying for the SATs so that is why this post is immensely short, but I am going to share a verse that has brought me a lot of hope...

 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”

Because of what happened on the cross, I can now have hope that no matter what happens in my life will a part of God’s perfect plan. I have hope that he will watch over me and keep me from all harm. I have hope that he will guard me and watch over me both now and forever more.

Every move that you make and ever have made has been watched over by the king! He already knows what’s going to happen to you. He has your name written in the palm of his hand. And that gives me a lot of hope!
Wow.  Just wow.

Rachel Joy

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