To hope means to wait for something that has not yet happened. Waiting can be excruciating, especially if you are waiting for help, for relief, for a cure, for a safe home, for resources to live, and for physical, emotional, or spiritual healing.
Hope is not for the faint of heart. Hope requires strength and courage beyond what is humanly possible. To hope means to wait with endurance and the expectation that God is true to who He says He is, no matter how bleak and desolate your circumstances are. Hope means expectantly waiting—whether 10 days or 10 years—that God is always working to restore and resurrect what has been lost or has died in you, in your life, and in the world around you.
Hope, for me, has been painful. Waiting indefinitely for God to restore my broken life and broken dreams often takes me to the breaking point where I feel like nothing will ever change. In the space of waiting for the dawn to break through, I lose sight of God and His promises and become focused on myself and how to make life work.
As I share this, I can’t help but think about those who are waiting to be rescued from poverty, trafficking, injustice, and limited opportunities. Those who are waiting to have basic needs met, for healing, for someone to believe in them, for someone to provide education and a chance to live beyond their current circumstances.
This is why I love IDEAS. I love that our mission is to restore hope for those who have so many good reasons to lose hope. God is renewing my hope by letting me serve a community committed to restoring hope for global communities through educational, medical, agricultural, business, and communal resources.
One recent story of hope comes from our work in Jordan, where there is a multi-faceted community development initiative that engages, equips, and restores those on the margins. Samir is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy. Because of the healthcare services now available, he is receiving therapy while his mother is coached in physical and cognitive activities for her son. She recently said “For many years this has been a dream of mine. And now it is happening! It is because God loves us that He sent you to us. He is showing us His love through you.”
What are you hoping and waiting for? Take courage and remember that God is with you in the waiting and is always working to renew and restore what has been lost. The dawn is coming.
About the Author: Deirdre works in the IDEAS office as the Administrative Specialist. She teaches Hebrew, is an avid runner, and enjoys meeting friends for coffee. Enjoy Deirdre's other blog posts, such as: Learning to Let Go.