Day 3: What is a Hope?

Psalm 46 has always been a sentimental passage to me. It’s gotten me through a lot of tough times. When I never know what to do, which is often, I always try to find comfort in passages like this one — because that’s what I was always told to do. 

“God is always there for you”

“God’s timing is perfect”

“God will make all of your problems disappear”

That’s what I was always told. It’s what I’m still told to this day. 

Frankly, I’m sick and tired of hearing people tell me those things — especially when a lot of them don’t believe it themselves. 

It’s something we tell other people when they are going through a hard time because we don’t really know what else to say. I get it. We want to help. We want to make pain go away, especially for those that we love. 

It makes me feel like an even worse Christian for not completely believing those things.

I’m not questioning the divine for the way it works. No way. I have no right to do that. I’m more questioning our belief that we fully understand how the divine works. 

It’s not something we can put into a box. Sure, God could make all of your problems disappear. Sure, God’s timing could be perfect. Sure, God could be always be there for you. It’s hard to hold on to, though. 

I’m afraid I’m growing up into a generation of Christians who believe our lives were meant to be easy. That believe, if we follow God and do what’s right, we shouldn’t have any problems. I’m afraid that we have been brought up into a LA-Z Boy idea of Christianity. 

It’s hard to cling to words like those found in Psalm 46, but I believe in them with everything I have. Without hope, what do we really have?

If you know me, you know I have a slight obsession with Spider-Man. He has always been something that gives me hope. Someone who can rise above their challenges and the crappy hand life can deal us sometimes. All throughout Peter Parker’s life, his uncle’s words ring loudly in his head and with the 5 movies they have put out about him, I’m sure we could all quote them as well. 

“With great power comes great responsibility”

We are all destined for some sort of greatness. They will all look different. It’s not at all easy to achieve, either. It will be hard and difficult and you will have seen some dark, dark parts of your life. But, if you can see past the darkness and cling to hope, greatness will be just beyond it. 

Peter Parker clung to his uncle’s words. He knew that everything that had happened to him was for a reason. All of his good times and bad times. Here’s the catch – sometimes that reason isn’t glamorous. You may never actually learn the reason. And if you can’t see hope around you, I ask you to look around you, or simply close your eyes. Sometimes we have to be brought into the darkness to truly discover the light. 

Psalm 46 talks about God being a fortress. An unstoppable force. A refuge. 

One of my favorite lines from that passage says that when he utters his voice, the earth melts. Can you imagine? Sure, it’s poetry, but still. The hope I cling on to is that the divine who created the earth, who can also melt it with his voice, is still working on who I am and that I am no where near being finished. 

My prayer is this: That we can cling on to hope. When we are told that God can solve our problems and fix our lives, I pray that we don’t go to anger and ask why he hasn’t done it already, but that we look around and see hope in the life that we have and the one who made it. 

Breathe in. Breathe out. 

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