Ordinary Hope

Amy Clemens

Read: Lamentations 3:22-36

GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. (vv. 25-26 Message)

Although Scripture is filled with reasons to hope, sometimes I find myself at low tide. It’s as if hope has left the shore, pulled out past the horizon by forces I don’t control. The good thing about the analogy, of course, is that the tide will return. But while it’s out, Paul has a word for us: “Hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Rom. 8:24-25).

Interesting how the writer of Lamentations also ties in hope with patience. I confess, I don’t want to wait when it comes to hope; it seems the one thing I must have—the bare minimum for my faith to survive. But what if this is ordinary, daily, commonplace hope: we don’t feel it, we don’t see it, but somehow, we continue to trust that our waiting will be rewarded?

Switch perspectives for a moment. If I look at my life from God’s vantage point, how exactly will God know I trust him? Won’t there be evidence of a face upturned or an ear to the ground? Of one watching, waiting, hoping? Won’t there always be trust, even at low tide, that God exists, and rewards those who seek him? (Heb. 11:6) —Amy Clemens

As you pray, passionately wait and diligently seek. Quietly hope for help from God.