“...A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.” C.S. Lewis
As a kid and as an adult, there is nothing that puts things in perspective for me quite like a pilot coming over the intercom and saying, “We’ve reached our cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.” As I look out the window of the plane, I’m always reminded of how infinitesimally small I am and just how big our world is. A lot of times on one of these plane rides my wife will get one of our phones out and start scrolling through pictures from long ago. We’ll laugh and smile looking at all of the memories that we made years ago. Plane rides have a way of putting things in perspective for me.
One of my professors in college would always use the phrase, “Believers in Jesus always have large ‘H’ Hope.” We don’t have a measly little hope that things will always get better this side of eternity, but we have an eternal Hope that can profoundly motivate and sustain us. He is going to right every wrong one day. This perspective can completely change the way we interact with others and live our daily lives.
I love the promise we read in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things will be gone forever.” Though we do walk through the valley, we can still dare to hope. We’re not escaping the reality that we are in the valley. We are simply daring to hope while we are in the valley because we know the valley is where God’s rod and staff comforts us. It’s in our darkest hour when the flame of Hope burns because of the eternal promise that God’s made us. Because Heaven is our home, we can always dare to hope.
How can Hope (Large “H”, eternal Hope) change the way you react to the challenges you face today? Jot down a few areas of your life or certain situations where you can dare to hope and ask God to help you do just that.