Dictionary.com defines hope this way:
the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
But there is a difference between worldly hope and Biblical Hope. In a Beth Moore study last year, I heard the definition of Biblical Hope as “Anxious Expectation”.
Anxiously expecting that there will be enough food. Anxiously expecting that God will heal. Anxiously expecting God to show up in YOUR circumstances.
I think there is an equally important second part to this kind of hope. The trust in God that if He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him to, He is still good and still has a plan for our lives. That He is still and always in control, no matter what the circumstances look like to us.
I was recently talking to God about a situation in my life. A situation that I don’t want, but cannot change. I told Him what it looks like from my perspective. Then I wondered what it looks like from His. Another chance for Him to make Himself known in my life? Another chance for the world to see that I will praise Him in spite of my circumstances? Another chance for Him to do what only He can do and turn our ashes into beauty?
I am so glad I have a front row seat to see how He will work and be glorified in this.