So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises! Hebrews 10:23 TPT
That verse in that translation just spoke volumes to me today. It’s such a visual! Wrapping my heart tightly around the hope that lives in me, knowing that Daddy God ALWAYS keeps His promises!!!!!
I’ve listened to so many who have had their hope shaken so hard that it’s left them wondering if what they’ve believed all their lives is simply a pipe-dream. Shaken to their very core so that what’s been exposed is a tiny, shriveled seed with no life left inside. Or though they thought.
It’s the dead seeds that hold so much. Only God knows where those seeds will grow best and yield the most fruit. I’ve seen people uprooted and driven from their homes only to be plopped down in the middle of nowhere, knowing no one, starting over again in a strange place and not at a young age at all. I’ve heart them cry out for understanding, wondering if they took a wrong turn somewhere or missed God along the way.
I just had an old friend reach out and want to reconnect with me. I haven’t heard from her in years and wasn’t sure if I wanted to go down that path. I’m not the same person I was when she knew me. I think a part of me was a little fearful that she would have unrealistic expectations of me.
I made the comment to her that I have been stripped and redressed, and I think that’s exactly what God is doing to each and everyone of His children. Stripped of this worlds influence. Stripped of the stench of religion that has clung to our garments for years. Mans thoughts, mans ideas, founded on God knows what, but simply followed along because we were expected to.
Just because God has promised us something, doesn’t mean it’s going to unfold as we think it will. I can pretty much guarantee that when God told Abram to pack up and go to a land He would show him at the age of 75, he didn’t drive in a car or was it an easy journey. But it was His trust in God that caused him to see the promise fulfilled. It ended up being so much more than he bargained for.
Be open on your journey. Be attentive along the way. Don’t be so focused on the promises you’re longing for, that you forget to be a friend along the way.