My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

Expectant Hope Pt. 2

Written By: jamieu - Mar• 14•13

I received a revelation this week that  really piggybacks off my last blog “Expectant Hope”. There I spoke about having  hope even when things do not turn out quite as you had planned – or when you find yourself in a season of waiting. The longer I live out seasons like this the more I see the need for them. So often we despise the time of preparation even though it is vital for our survival. Picture an aspiring rock climber standing at the base of Mt. Everest saying to himself, “Well, here goes nothing!” Anyone who has made it to the top of that mountain (or any mountain for that matter!) will tell you that they spent years training before they reached the peak. We sometimes look at people who have accomplished things that we aspire to  and think that it just “happened” for them. I assure you that if you were to ask that person about their journey they would tell you quite a different story!

So how do we not grow discouraged in the training period? We know that God’s plans for us are good (anyone on this journey has Jeremiah 29:11 playing on a loop in their head during those discouraging times….or is that just me?) – but how do we know that what God wants for us can bring us joy like the things we want for ourselves?  I have asked this SO many times. I found myself slipping into the thought process that if I did not expect too much then I would not be disappointed. This felt like the safe thing to do but I knew that it was not a Godly mindset. In frustration I cried out, “I need a word Lord! I want to know that I can hope for great things and not be disappointed!” Recently during a Bible study I was handed a piece of paper with a passage from Romans 5 on it. We went around the group each reading a section of the passage. When it was my turn, this is what I read,

Romans 5:3-5 (MSG)

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”

We are NEVER left feeling shortchanged when our hope is in God! We can not even grasp all that He wants to do in and through our lives! The big picture will most likely look different than what you thought but that does not mean that you will not be fulfilled! When you are sweating it out in that training period take heart and be alert – you will find that God drops little breadcrumbs along your path that continue to lead you on your way – they sustain you for the journey ahead. This verse was a whole loaf for me! Take heart mountain climbers you will make it – but remember it is an uphill climb.

Side note: I am now on Twitter! Follow me @JamieLynnUlrich – Blessings!

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