Roller Coaster Rides

“O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!”

Psalm 39:4 ESV

When I was young, summer vacations took a small eternity. Granted, as soon as I saw a hint of a “Back to School” sale, I remember being quick to complain that life wasn’t fair and summer was far too short. But even I got a little excited about getting back to the “grind” that was Elementary School.

These days it seems a season can come and go without my even recognizing it. “Winter already?” “This jacket is brand new! I bought it in 2014.”

Has time gotten… faster? If life were a roller coaster, it’s as if the early part of our lives was the slow crawl to the very top — full of anticipation and nerves and excitement  — and then we got careers and kids and dogs and iPhones and we were careening through the ride faster than we could handle!

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Who Has Your Hope?

For you are great and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.

Teach me your ways, O LORD,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.

Psalm 86:10–12 ESV

A few years ago a man named Norm Wakefield said something I’ll never forget.

He was asking where I placed my hope—my real hope. He wasn’t going to let me off the hook with a cookie-cutter answer.

We dug deeper. And as I was honest, I realized how much hope I placed in things other than God.

I desperately wanted financial security. I was obsessed with people’s opinions of me. Put bluntly, I had an idol problem.

Then he told me:

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The Anchor for Our Souls

Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.

Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT

When we’re in difficult times, and if we’re fortunate enough to have caring friends or family, they may offer encouraging words such as “I’ll be hoping for the best.” And it’s somewhat comforting to know that you have someone in your corner.

But hope is not a verb. It’s not something we or anyone else can do for us. We can only find true and everlasting hope in the Lord.

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