When Hope Becomes Reality
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…”
In 2005 I was living in Denton, Texas, and my car was in pieces in my dad’s garage back in Pennsylvania. The first car I ever bought was a 1972 Dodge Dart. The brakes were, to put it nicely, unsafe. The paint was thin, and it smelled like gas every time I cranked it up. I loved that car. That October, my parents came to visit me. After a tiring three day car trip, they finally arrived at the bed and breakfast. As I rode my bicycle over to meet them, I had this tiny flicker of hope somewhere deep inside my heart; a hope that my car would be sitting in the parking lot waiting for me. There was absolutely no logical reason to expect that squared-off, rusty, Detroit iron to even be assembled again, much less drivable, much less in Texas! Still, I had hope.
Jesus Christ has given us the hope of forgiveness. He gives us the hope of a life beyond this life. He promises not just any life, but an eternal, glorious, unimaginable life with Him and other believers in Heaven.
The difference between the hope of seeing my car again and the hope of eternal life with Jesus Christ is that our hope in Christ is a sure hope. It is not a foolish hope. It is not a gamble. God promised to send the Messiah, and after a long, long time He sent Jesus to be born in a humble stable. God promised to redeem His children, and He has and will fulfill every promise He has made to us. Our hope in Christ is sure. Lamentations 3:26 says, “It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
That October evening, it was the surprise of my life to see my car waiting for me when I rounded the corner of that bed and breakfast. I knew my dad’s love for me had to be so great to have reassembled the car all by himself and driven 1500 miles in a 40 year old car just to give it to me. I like to think about how much our Heavenly Father loves us and hope for what He has in store for us. When that hope becomes reality, there will never be anything left to hope for again.
Father, thank You for the sure hope we have in Jesus Christ. Thank You that we can know for sure that our hope is not in vain. Because of the gift of Your Son, we celebrate this season with the hope of one day being together with You forever. Amen.