Hope is a state of mind, not of the world.
Hope, in this deep and powerful sense,
is not the same as joy that things are going well,
or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success,
but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
~ Vaclav Havel
How disappointment tracks the steps of hope.
~LEL (Letitia Elizabeth Landon)
H is suggesting I read about instances of restoration ... and maybe more specifically about hope. I didn't realize, until we chatted yesterday, that I am still working on "hope".
I think I grasp the idea of "hope of our salvation". As I examine my ... self ... I can see that I still feel the God is, must be, busy elsewhere. And ... I am okay with/accept that as "truth" when in fact, my head believes that is a partial truth. Not less true, only way too small a view for what the Bible says about God. The Bible indicates that God is "big" enough to be present in each life which chooses communion/community with Him.
I am reading in Romans 8 ... all of it, but starting around v 18 ... then this:
Future Glory (around there)
I'm not trying to aggrandize "my pain" elevating it to being about eternal salvation, not at all. I'm just trying to get a handle on stuff in my own little day to day life. I think this time that we call "life" is an opportunity to make choices which shape, also inform, us (collectively and individually) about the thing that God call "life". My eyes cannot see the big picture ... I am limited to a tiny view, barely bigger then a moment. How I filter or process my experiences isn't as reliable as one would hope (there's that word again).
I'm out of time for this writing out stuff ... I like the idea of working towards what seems to be "good" and pursuing that work independent of expectation.
|last week after visiting with Two+|
(thanks for the big-knitty cap and scarf)
cutting out cord for the new project