October 19th 2010

Hope!

“‘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.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

This past month or so I have marvelled at the excitement at Camp Hope in Chile where the saga continues to unfold concerning 33 trapped miners and the frantic activity to get to them and effect a rescue. Throughout this time, the wives, families and friends of those miners gathered together in a long vigil of hope; helping each other through seemingly endless days of uncertainty, holding each up under the stress, the strain and the pressure that was thrust upon them because of this accident.

I read somewhere prior to this incident in Chile, and I just don’t remember where but here’s the quote; “While I breathe, I hope!” I think this just about sums up the attitude of those wives and families; they clung on to strong faith and trust that their loved ones would soon be rescued.

After 66 days of isolation underground, I heard the news that one of the rescue shafts had actually reached the trapped men and it was just a question of when they would once again see the light of day.  I could just imagine how they longed and yearned to be free again:  free to breathe fresh air once more, free to enjoy the warmth of the sun on their faces, free to walk long distances as opposed to the cramped situation underground, free to be at home and in the arms of their loved ones; to hold their children close to their hearts. Just free!

Now they are rescued, I’m sure that those miners will not forget this experience for the rest of their lives!  It will probably become a day of celebration for years to come and a day of joy as they remember their liberation.

The Bible has much to say about hope, hope for this present age and hope for the future.  Galatians 5:5 (NKJV) says, “For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.”  And read in Colossians 1:27 (NRSV), “To them God chose to make known how great among the gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Tertullian wrote, “Hope is patience with the lamp lit.”  And Christopher Reeve, the paralysed film actor said, “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

Prayer
God of hope, fill me with hope today and give me the confidence that all the things that I hope for will come to pass because of your love.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill 

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