Finding Hope in the Clash of Life’s Seasons

By Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor

Like the morning dew, hope clings to the thirsty soul.
Like the morning dew, hope clings to the thirsty soul.

My mind was on hope as the sun rose above the mountain ridge.

The morning dew lay heavy upon the grass, glistening drops of refreshment clinging to each blade. In each tiny globe of moisture, the light of a new day reflected like glitter scattered across the field.

I thought of how the dew was formed — the warm air rising from the earth clashing with the cooler air of descending darkness.

I thought of the juxtaposition of one season to another — the warmth of summer wrestling with the chill of fall, much like the dark of night softens to morning light.

God’s Grace — His Mercies New Every Morning Offer Us Hope

And I thought of God’s grace — His mercies new every morning, especially it seems, in the clash of life’s seasons, the juxtapositions that challenge our faith.

Sipping my coffee, I listened for the Lord’s delicate whisper — searching His heart for a better understanding of hope, that elusive gift I found myself yearning for.

Hope: feeling despair yet knowing God
Hope: feeling despair yet knowing God

God’s grace abounds in those times. Like dew resting upon a parched earth, His grace settles on a parched and thirsty soul.

Jeremiah spoke of these things: the juxtaposition of feeling despair yet knowing God.

In Lamentations, he spoke of how his world had fallen apart, his beloved Jerusalem had been defeated and captured.

He wrote how he would never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, nor the reality of consuming despair when he remembered the difficult places …

How Did Jeremiah Cling to Hope?

But Jeremiah goes on to say that there is one other thing he remembers, and in that remembering he clings to hope:

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” ~ Lamentations 3:22-24

When we remember God's faithfulness, hope is restored.
When we remember God’s faithfulness, hope is restored.

Jeremiah knew that he knew God would not fail him. He knew God’s everlasting love could not have run out, nor His mercies ceased to exist — even though circumstances would say otherwise.

He reminded Himself that the Lord His God is faithful and to be trusted.

He took time to remember.

And in the remembering He found strength to face the difficulties.

With the warmth of the rising sun on that fall morning, the glistening dewdrops began to evaporate, but not without satisfying the thirst of each blade of grass first. Strength imparted. Soaking refreshment.

And the grass stood a bit taller, stretching towards the heavens, waving at the sun.

That’s a bit like hope.


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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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