One of my faithful partners in ministry is Nancy. I’ll have to introduce her formally on a later occasion. She writes devotionals. As I sat down (Why did I say that? I’ve been sitting all day!) after a hard days work, I received her email about hope. I like the descriptions.
Hope is defined as “a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.”
- Hope is the silver lining in every cloud.
- Hope is the rainbow after the storm.
- Hope is the sun shining in the midst of a summer shower.
- Hope is a bridge over troubled waters.
- Hope is a stream in the in the desert.
- Hope is a way in the wilderness.
I have hope for the future. If I didn’t have hope I would not have made this trip. I’m training a designer to work with me. I’m teaching her my tricks and she’s teaching me hers. We’ve set up a blog called CAJA DE IDEAS, which means and idea box. Both of us got our heads full of ideas and we’re going to share them with teachers.
Cristina, my assistant
I wrote before about her uncle. Last evening he visited me and we talked for hours. Every time I see him he is full of thanks because we brought him the Gospel. When he was a kid, I’d look at him and see hope for the future. I loved that boy like a son! He was my artist for the Sunday school take-home paper, just like his niece is now. Isn’t it amazing?
My dear friend Cesar and I
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 1:11)
Sometimes “hope” can be a little misplaced. We usually say that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. My friend Mayu told me about a web-site designer and she quoted a price I thought sounded too good to be true. It wasn’t true! He visited me today. If I say I needed to add a zero to the price you get the picture.
I have hope for the future. For Cristina to work with me and use her talents in ministry for the Kingdom is a dream come true. For me to find someone to help me with art and ideas like she has is a dream and lots of prayers come true.
Do you have hope for the future? Whatever your need is, trust the Lord. I’m a living testimony of God’s mercy and grace. There is hope! There is a silver lining in every cloud.
Guess what my most mundane hope is right now? That I will “survive” the cold in Lima. I didn’t bring enough warm clothes. I’m chilled to the bones!