The Silence of Growth-Hopeless to Hopeful

Activate: “Yes, my soul finds rest in God; my hope comes from Him.” Ps. 62:5

Elevate: As a mom I am daily faced with mounds of laundry and unending dishes. Often I feel like there is nothing more to my life (I’m joking, but kind of serious). I know my children will one day rise and call me blessed because they had clean clothes to wear. Right about the time I’m ready to feel sorry for myself I think of others who have similar feelings about life’s menial tasks, whether it’s paperwork, miles to drive, homework, bills to pay, etc… Everyone has something in their lives that looks like there is no meaning in and no hope to ever finish. But thankfully the Bible does promise hope from the Lord no matter the situation.

One of my favorite things about our God is that He walks, talks, lives, relates, understands, hears and more. Psalms 34:4 says “I prayed to the Lord and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” It’s important to see that God’s power is great enough to deliver us from all our trouble, but His first response to our prayer is freedom from fear. For me the feeling of being overwhelmed when I look at life stems from the fear that I can’t handle everything all the time. That fear leaves me with no hope and ultimately defeated. I remember feeling hopeless as a teenager going through my parent’s divorce, until I came across Ps. 61:2 “…when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” That verse still gives me so much hope today that even though I don’t have all the answers He is higher and I can trust Him. I can trust Him to take care of my family, responsibilities and moments when I’m feeling overwhelmed. That hope is what offers me peace that passes understanding especially when it’s chaotic.

Let’s face it life is tough at times, but the difference between us and the world is that when we choose to go to him in prayer He frees us from our fears, leads us to a rock that is higher, and gives us rest and hope for our anxious soul. In conclusion to the silence of growth, my prayer for you today is that you see the value of prayer so much that you make a renewed commitment to connect with Him more consistently and more deeply.

Cultivate: While doing one of your menial tasks don’t zone out, instead use that time to pray and have your hope renewed.