(Not as romantic as hope floats? I know , and if you have never seen the movement of spray foam watch the video here and experience it so you can understand how I see hope work! )
They say hope floats. I hope they’re wrong.
Hope first noticed seems to bubble up, released from somewhere once hidden. Yet it seems to expand and have weight to a situation. Like the process of insulating with spray foam. When the spray nozzle is released to insulate with spray foam and saturates every splintery flaw, every gap, enters and fills every crevice. Hope let loose covers then spreads and spills over. Hope sets free while locking in faith; insulating faith in seasons that freeze. Hope insulates hearts with humility, grace , integrity during seasons that fly icy arrows of insult. Hope will set into place a process to preserve, proof that God equips us, gifts us a way to persevere. When we persevere and allow hope to fill, foam, spread and overflow we can go beyond just the maintain and move into sustain.
Isaiah 43 shouts the voice of Hope itself and God says ” you are precious to me, you are honored and I love you…do not be afraid for I am with you.” If a situation in your life seems hopeless, I urge you to Hope more. I urge you to read, speak, study God’s life-giving word more because when God enters a room it fills with hope. When Jesus hangs out with the hopeless they become honored and precious.
God’s voice fills in all the cracks, insulates against any insult and gives power to the process called life. His voice of Hope promotes learning in the long, hard times and teachings that transformation so much so that we can even find treasure in tragedy. This gift of Hope, this treasure of Jesus is a gift that sinks. It is not floating lifeless or weak. Hope is not easily tossed by every wayward wave but an anchor that steadies so we can be steady. It is deep and actively holding, hope holds. Hold onto hope. Hold onto Jesus.
We can serve through any storm, filled with expansive hope because Jesus hold us, anchors us. The storms come in all forms, shapes, sizes, length so go ahead and enter the name of your storm here…but shout louder the name of Jesus. Claim your treasure and hold to HOPE. Hebrews 6 tells of the treasure, shouts of the strong steadiness of Jesus, of the binding promises of God.
“God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would NEVER change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the HOPE that lies before us. This is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (Hebrews 6:17-19)
We can serve through the storm, filled with expansive hope because Jesus holds us, anchors us. Let’s love, Let’s serve and persevere with joy because we are steady, we are steadfast, we are strengthened by hope. We can be lead strengthened all the way to the throne room. The in-filling of hope leads to the inner sanctuary of the Holy. “It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (vs. 19)
Hang on to Hope and nail pierced hands will shift perception; it will separate the storms thick fog. The in-filling leaves us whole even when life shatters, and Jesus the trustworthy anchor avails himself to any depth and pulls you up out of dark into deep intimacy with in that inner sanctuary. The in-filling that insulates us now surrounds us and we can cling to the one that clung to the cross. We have this forever promise that when we let hope fill , when we let Jesus in the place of sovereignty we get intimacy. The throne room of God. We are welcomed and honored there. We are called loved and precious there…to Him who sits on the throne.
Maybe it’s not that hope floats–it’s that it makes us float. Hope makes us fly…to our Father’s arms. His arms that have waited, give an endless weighted embrace, anchoring any that claim the savior that steadies a heart hungry for hope.
All butterfly pictures have been contributed by the incredibly talented Wanda Stauffer. Please check out more of her photography in the cozy corner of amazing captures at Stauffer’s Nook