Hidden Hope

Have you ever played I spy something… while you’re on a long drive?

Recently we went on a long drive. If we had played I spy something brown, it would have been very hard to guess, because almost everything was brown. We would have had to squint and strain, wondering what kinds of little critters and birds we might be missing, hiding, camouflaged in the deadness.

At one point we even saw deer cross the road! I was so surprised! How do they hide in such sparse cover?

They hide carefully because they know there is danger from hovering hawks, beating their wings and searching; there’s a reason for the saying “eyes like a hawk”! The other animals recognize the danger of hawk sentinels, watching intently as they perch on fence posts.

Many people are not living up to their full potential, because they, too, are living in fear. Maybe “they” is actually “us”? But we who know Christ have Him as our strong Protector.

Even when everything looks dead around you, there is life hiding there.

As we drove along that day, I noticed that someone had a great idea to make their surroundings look better!  Two huge, round bales of hay stacked on top of each other with a white covering and a little paint made a smiling Olaf (from Frozen)!

We can change the dead-looking, lack-luster circumstances that surround us, as well. Watch what happens when you spread kindness, love, and compassion in the seemingly dead lives of those around you!

Draw on the strength of the Lord.

Even when mile after mile of brown deadness unfolds before you in the Journey of your life, do not be discouraged,  even if there is no end in sight.

God is working, even in the surrounding deadness of your circumstances! But that life may be hiding, just out of sight.

God controls Seasons. He is the one who brings life. It’s not our job but His.

We just sow the seeds and water them.

Maybe this doesn’t make sense to you.

Maybe you feel you need to see it before you can believe it:

But, if the GPS says, “At the end of the street turn left,” even when we don’t see the end of the street yet, we keep on going. Then, before long, we see that the GPS was right.

Sometimes God tells us to do things that don’t make sense either. We don’t see what the end is, but He is already there and knows what He is talking about. We need to obey Him and watch for how He will use us in the lives of others and bring vitality back to our lives as well.

It may be that He is leading us to take the first step, to be courageous, to be the one who builds a big Olaf out in plain sight to cheer everyone else up and give them a reason to hang on for a little bit longer.

And who knows, maybe those same people will come cheer us up some day when we.just.can’t.

 

Linking up with:

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Heart Encouragement

Coffee for your Heart

Recharge Wednesday

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12 thoughts on “Hidden Hope

  1. Love it 💕 At this time of year with this extreme cold that we are not used to here in south Lousiana, how wonderful a reminder of how God can bring life in what seems dead around us. And I love that you ended with the fact that the people that I encourage along the way may be the very people who keep me going in the end. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

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    1. Hi, Brittany!
      We had colder temps than we’ve had for quite some time, as well! Thank God for giving us ways to keep warm!
      I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to the fact that everything looks so dead and dreary in the winter. But praise God that Spring comes every year on the heels of the winter and flowers start to show their beautiful faces!
      My daughter put some flower bulbs in a clear plastic cup covered with plastic wrap last fall. I kept it on the window sill, and I just discovered today what kind of bulbs they are – crocus! No flowers yet, just the green. I guess they came up early because they are indoors. But hey! They’re exciting anyway, right?!

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  2. Yes! This is a great reminder in the long, bleak season of winter. What seems lifeless is actually holding onto hope that will soon unfurl. May we drink deeply from God’s Word when our wells run dry!

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