Hope Harnessed with Faith.

May 28th, 2009

reachingThere has been a thread throughout my writing that has tried (I hope) to express that Hope is much more than some impotent escape of our imagination when we seemingly have nothing else or our desires get the best of us.  No, Hope is so much more and I’ve tried to pull that out in my stories, quotes and lessons.  But surfing the net the other day, I came across a quote by Eugene Peterson that captures my sentiments so well.  The following is his quote.

“Hoping does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusion. It is not compelled to work away at keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying. And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what he said he will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it in his way and in his time. It is the opposite of making plans that we demand that God put into effect, telling him both how and when to do it.
– Eugene Peterson.

“Imagination put in the harness of faith.”  Wow.  That’s what I was trying so often to say!  It’s necessary to have faith when we hope.  Don’t forget that key element.  Believe.  Believe that the Lord will do it if it falls in line with His perfect will.  Allow Him to be God and He will allow us to Hope.  As long as our Hope rests in Him, we will never, EVER, go astray, even when we hope. 

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