April Showers Bring May Flowers
I am writing this a little late this week because I couldn’t make up my mind yesterday what I wanted to write for the week. This morning what is present for me is the soft rain falling outside my window. It is a lovely sound that brings with it a calm. Water can have that calming effect if it is enjoyed in the right context. Of course, we also know that too much of it can produce major issues – but that is a topic for another newsletter. For today I am reminded of the gift of
in Greek) is a powerful word, and while it is not a word exclusively used by Christians, it has an important role in the Christian faith. Scripture tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). Hope is what allows us to look beyond the rain to the flowers that they will bring. Hope is what allows us to expect that, “even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (the Lord) is with me.” (Psalm 23:4). Ultimately for the follower of Jesus, we hope not in a “thing” but rather in the one who made all things.
So when my daughter is out past curfew, certainly I hope she will arrive home safely but ultimately I hope (and trust) that she is in God’s care. When we send our children off to school we hope they will learn and grow and gain wisdom and strength for their future – but ultimately we hope (and trust) that God will guide and provide for them. When we have said or done something to hurt our spouse or a friend we hope that they will forgive us but ultimately we hope (and trust) in the one who is the source of all love and forgiveness.
In Greek mythology,
is often depicted as a young girl carrying a bouquet of flowers. How appropriate for this rainy day. As you imagine the flowers that will come from today’s rains may you find space to place your hope in the one who gives the rain and the flowers. May you find strength to carry on through whatever struggle you may be encountering with hope in the one who promises to be with you and to carry you through. May you find courage to model hopefulness to others in your family. I hope so!
To God be the Glory!