It was supposed to be a couple weeks of rest and exercise away, with ample time for planning and looking ahead to the new year. Life, as you know, doesn’t often work out how we envision it. Instead of heading off last Sunday morning to visit a missional church in the area we had sequestered ourselves away in, we found ourselves driving to the ER so I could get some medical intervention and pain management for a foot so swollen it could bear no weight. Remember those carefully made plans for our 2 weeks away? A gale force breeze blew them right out the window.
Last month I wrote that “People of Hope are contrarians”. Seems like the lesson God gave me this week – and it wasn’t a lesson in my plan – is to focus in on the source of my hope. What gives us resilience is not that we have hope based on our circumstances, our position, our abilities, our status, our bank account, our intelligence, or any other aspect of ourselves, rather, our hope in HIM, who, in 2 Samuel 22:36 “stoops down to make me great”.Read More