Why Defiant Hope?
Why choose hope or more to the point, why do I choose hope.
According to Oxford dictionary, hope is both a noun and a verb.
A noun as in;
- A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.
- A person or thing that may help or save someone.
- Grounds for believing that something good may happen.
- A feeling of trust.
A verb as in;
- Want something to happen or be the case.
- Intend if possible to do something.
So, by it’s very definition, hope is not only a thing, but it is alive and when activated, hope will propel us to action. The hope is that once any of us has been inpacted with the reality of hope within our lives, we like a virus sill infect a dying world with the antidote for despair, which of course is hope.
So, why do I choose hope? Hope as far as I’m concerned is life itself. My hope is not anchored in something nor any action that I or another may take, instead my hope is anchored in a person. That person is none other than Jesus Christ. From my personal experience, Jesus has not only given me hope, He is hope personified. And since hope is no longer just a wish instead hope is Jesus Himself, I can place the anchor of my hope on the rock solid foundation of Jesus.
Does this mean that bad things don’t happen just because I “hope” that they don’t, no not at all. Hope is not the exclusion of bad in life, instead hope is the power that leads us through the bad situations in life, allowing me to live life fully regardless if the day is good or bad. Therefore, my hope is not for a good day, my hope is that no matter what comes my way, Jesus whom I trust completely will be there with me as He promised. Although I’ve walked through the “valley of the shadow of death” far more times than I wish to count, I know with certianty that I can stare into the face of death and not blink. As a veteran of the Canadian Army Medical Corp I’ve fought death head on, especially during my tour to Afghanistan at the Multinational Medical Hospital in Kandahar. My time there was a very exciting time, and although we had a very high survival rate for patients coming in from outside the wire, my memory is also marred by the memories of those who didn’t survive, or where the horrors of war left terrible permanent scares on many who came through our doors, especially the children. I didn’t come away from that experience unscathed either. As a result of my tour of duty, I now have PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.. Now did God abandon me to the ravages of PTSD? No, many times, no. Instead, in spite of my surroundings Jesus was always with me. In the bible we find in the book of John 16:33, Jesus says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Sounds like a good promise, doesn’t it? But lets look at it in the context of what was going on when Jesus spoke these words. Jesus was with His disciples at what is commonly known as the last supper. Prior to this, Jesus often warned his disciples that he was going to be arrested and killed. The disciples on the other hand didn’t believe Him, instead they hoped that it just wouldn’t happen. But happen it did. Shortly after the last dish was cleared, sure enough the Temple guard came and arrested Jesus and lead Him away to a kangaroo court which ultimately cullminated in His crucifiction. So these words as well as many others spoken by Jesus served as a reminder to the disciple that their hope is not in what might or might not happen, instead their hope, if they so choose, was to be firmly placed in none other than Jesus himself. And buoyed by this hope, these same fearful doubting disciples, now armed with hope, were able to change the world forever.
So now lets fast forward to the present and I can say with complete certainty that even though the storms have been all around me, my anchor has been firmly grounded in none other than Jesus, therefore the storms have not always got the better of me, instead as Jesus said, “ be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
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