Hope: "Not living in denial or escapism. Rather, to be looking fully and honestly at the circumstances that I can see, but choosing to live in those circumstances based on the realities that I know are there but can not see. In other words: Remembering the realities that I don't see in the midst of those I do see." ~~Shirley MullenI want increasing hope. Not pretending that the reality of my circumstances don't exist, or that I don't even recognize what all the implications are of those specific circumstances.
But to see those circumstances, and then to strain to a higher level of remembering all of the realities of my circumstances that I can not see and choosing to live in the realm of those instead... promises from God.
Jer. 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a Hope and a future."
I was reminded of the circumstances that this verse is tucked into the middle of. So often it can be neatly removed from it's place forgetting the setting in which it was promised.
Israel was in exile.
Exile: "Any place you've been taken that you don't want to be".
A false prophet was giving them the hope of return in just 2 years. And then comes along Jeremiah... prophesying not just 2 years, but in fact 70 years!
In the midst of what must have been despairing news and awakening reality, God then includes this great promise. He has plans...not of harm but instead of prosperity, of hope, of a future.
In their exile they had NOT been forgotten. Even there He was mindful. But even MORE than mindful. He had plans.
Plans. Already in place. Established. Ready. He was at work and they would be the beneficiaries of His work. His plan.
And even better... His work? His plan?
It. Was. Good!
Reminding myself that what I see around me is not the whole story!
Hope: "Remembering the realities that I don't see in the midst of those I do see." ~~Shirley Mullen