“Return to your stronghold, O Prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore you double” (Zechariah 10.2 ESV).
Hope emanates easily when glimmers of it glisten over the shadows of our darkest situations. However, when the lights around us diminish and all the good in this life disappear, hope hurts with an impatient ache.
Hope halts the closure of disappointment and forces us to linger in wishful waiting. It holds onto an allusive promise hidden somewhere in the impossible, and we must remain—exposed and vulnerable—chained to the tender chains of expectation.
God has entrapped us in His promise and has allowed the promise to perish. And He patiently wills us to endure our devastation, knowing full well that He can supernaturally resurrect the dead into a double blessing. Our wait awakens a heart revolution if we endure hope’s season of winter.
But will we sojourn with hope? Will we stay imprisoned in her arms and allow her to nourish the fragile roots of our faith? To be certain hope will press hard on our soul, causing the breath of our yearnings to wane. Shall we exhale our entitlements and learn to inhale anew, breathing in the rich oxygen of His Life, His Truth and His Way?
We gasp for air and call for our Father to liberate us from Hope’s fierce embrace. Yet, He tarries for the moment, allowing hope’s transforming work to change us. The brilliant glow of hope no longer aluminates the world around us, for she has penetrated deep within, transforming our personal night into glory.
Finally, hope throws open the prison doors, and we dance from our sentence of despair into the radiance of faith displayed (Hebrew 11.1). Our hope renews our strength and vigor; and we realize that the dazzling light, dispersing the darkness, is shooting through us like the sun. Then we can boldly claim our prize, the double blessing–a promise fulfilled and a life eternally altered (Proverbs 13.12).
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40.31 NIV).
* This post is dedicated to my husband of almost 15 years! There is not a single person on this earth I respect and love more.