Everyone is thirsty…
When scorching temperatures make me weary or superstorms threaten to consume my tiny piece of a gigantic puzzle, it’s good to know the magical seasons of harvest and joy, are right around the corner. In times of spiritual valleys when I search for water at the bottom of an empty well, and darkness and pain linger like dog days of summer, I look to the sky where goldfinches, cardinals, and hummingbirds roam. Without worry or fear, they rely on the one who gives seeds of hope for tomorrow—as if they know, hope has a name.
Whispers and wind
Unlike me, birds of a feather listen to each whisper on the wind. Lilies and sunflowers look up and smile at the sun. Every day, they sing along, as if beckoning me to put down my phone or to stop tapping keys—if only for a few minutes…Precious moments. Priceless days. Time meant for me to savor and live deliberately, so I might uncover clues about the greatest mysteries of all: Faith, hope, and love.
His name is Jesus
I believe the mysterious son of the one and only Father of all that ever was, is, or will ever be is alive and well. All authority on earth is His. Demons flee at the mention of His name. Although the Father knows each voice and way—we, who God calls above all else, seldom care about the power of His name. Might we believe He is the hope of all the world? Would we then lean in to hear the harmony of each birdsong?
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Matthew 28:18 (ESV)
Power and peace
In truth and in the power of His word I believe the Giver, God, is always near. He loves us so much He allows us to become broken at times, not to abandon us, but so we can find rest in Him in the midst of what we think is our end; our desolation. We can run to Him and find hope and power in our worship, and unexplained peace in the deepest cry of our hearts. And it’s all because hope has a name.
Hope, trust, and believe
I believe God cares for the flowers of the field, birds of the air, and the beasts on land. How amazing is it that He cares even more for you and me? What do you see when you look up at the heavens? Now close your eyes. Dare to see. I imagine God’s hand moving across an unending canvas. Maybe the mystery of faith and hope and love and life is like a desperate prayer to my Lord. Please hear my prayer. Please. Help me.
Like the songbirds, I want to be moved to sing all day and rest in peace all night. I need to fall on my knees. Lay down my will. Finally, see the depth of His wisdom and knowledge. After all, to be thankful for all He’s done in my life is the least I can do. Each breath I breathe is proof of His faithfulness. I pray that He moves me with written and spoken words, and I let a random bird’s song become a balm that heals anything that ails me. What if we trust and believe in miracles and the unbelievable? Let’s lean on the truth of God’s word; a steadfast hope for an abundant future—because the stuff of this world will come and go. It’s hard to navigate through lies. God’s love never fails. This kind of Hope has a name . . . Jesus.
I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my nameRevelation 3:8 (ESV)
~ In times of joy, or trouble, or when tears are our only best friend, He is there.
It is the Lord who goes before you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.Deuteronomy 31:8
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Photo credits: Featured image by PublicCo on Pixabay Hurricane/Storm: Image by Mariamichelle on Pixabay Sunflowers: Image by Jill Wellington on Pixabay Sparrow/American Goldfinches: Image by MiniMe-70 on Pixabay Woman/Fall leaves: Image by Dana Tentis on Pixabay Sky, freedom, happiness: Image by Fotorech on Pixabay Pray, faith: Image by Jills on Pixabay Graffiti quote: Image ShonEjai on Pixabay Heart Photo: Freeimage on Pixabay