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Friday, December 7, 2012

Hope Floats

Have you seen the movie with Sandra Bullock? Talk about an embarrassing and sudden end to a marriage: her husband declares on public television that he is having an affair with her best friend.

Many of us have had sudden and life-changing events in our lives: the cancer diagnosis, the financial collapse, the job loss, the breakup. Life seems unfair at best.

But the good news is this: there is always hope. Yes, it is true. There is ALWAYS hope and as the movie title suggests, hope can float us while we're going through the current storm. It is a choice of where we put our focus.

As we come to the close of the first week of Advent, the focus this week has been on HOPE. Hope means keeping our eyes on God, instead of our circumstances, knowing that He is in control and has everything under his watchful eye.

If we look around us, like the disciples in the ship with Jesus amidst the storm, we will lose hope. The winds of uncertainty and fear are blowing everywhere, just turn on the evening news. But what did Jesus say to the winds? "Be still". He can quiet the storms in our lives in an instant.

That is what the Lord is saying to us today. "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:1). Hope is a close relative to faith. Hope means expecting good things to happen. Faith is envisioning them to become reality.

What is it that you are expecting this season? A job? A marriage partner? A prodigal son to return home? A healing? Believe me, the Lord can do all these if we have hope and faith. I have seen it happen in my life many times.

Remember that God has a plan and a purpose for your life (Jer 29:11). So until next time, I leave you with these words: "Nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).

Ariel Paz