Hope that swims?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it possible to have hope when things seem hopeless and there just doesn’t seem to be any way out of a situation that implies little or no prospect of change? If we are without hope how can we find it a way out of the problems and woes that overcome us in this life?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

One of the greatest fears that has stuck with me event to this day is a fear of deep water. There’s just something about not knowing where the bottom is that has always filled me with fear. This hasn’t, however, kept me from going out in a boat or canoe. I remember one occasion when my brothers and I were fishing on Clear Lake in northern Wisconsin. The fish hadn’t been particularly active that morning and we began doing what three boys should never to do in a small row- boat—just horsing around. Suddenly, before I knew it, I had fallen overboard. To this day I remember the sensation of sinking under the water and then resurfacing several yards away from the boat. It was an intense feeling of hopelessness as I drifted one way and my brothers the other. Yet, the minute my brother Kurt lifted an oar in my direction, even though I was floating over a hopeless depth, a feeling of hope poured over me. I grabbed the oar and he pulled me in.

Is it possible to have hope when things seem hopeless? If we are without hope how can we find it?

Here’s a story: A number of years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the effect hope has on those undergo- ing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water and found that within an hour they had all drowned. The other rats were periodically lifted out of the water and then returned. When that happened, the second set of rats swam for over 24 hours. Why? Not because they were given a rest, but because they suddenly had hope! (Today in the Word, May, 1990, p. 34.)

Those animals somehow hoped that if they could stay afloat just a little longer, someone would reach down and rescue them. If hope holds such power for unthinking rodents, how much greater should is effect be on our lives. Life will always put us in hopeless situations at one time or another. The key to survival is knowing that in hopelessness, we have a God who provides hope. He reaches out with the oar of His love and lifts us up when we are sinking. So, we can go on even when we must share our life with a hopeless feeling. The key is grabbing the oar and not looking at the deep water.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we are often tempted to lose hope when life’s sorrows and woes confront us. We get tired, overcome by the prospects of working so hard to change things. We see that the circumstances give little or no reason to believe that anything will ever change to provide us with the comfort that life has worth and day to day living has meaning after all. Forgive us Lord when we forget that these are the perfect times to remember that You work the hardest and deepest in our lives when all seems hopeless. There is no situation in our lives that doesn’t merit hope when we call upon You to mitigate life for us. We praise you O Lord that you will never allow us to drown in our sorrows or collapse in our hardships as long as we cling to our hopes. In Jesus name. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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