My friend, may I ask you a question? In the midst of crisis hope is often the first thing to take a walk. Like fickle friends who only hangs around when they are being served and then take a hike when called upon to serve, hope is often not there when we need it the most. Why is that?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
In the midst of crisis hope is often the first thing to take a walk. Like fickle friends who only hangs around when they are being served and then take a hike when called upon to serve, hope is often not there when we need it the most. Why is that? Why does the one thing that can help the most often become the one thing that is hardest to find when things go really bad?
Take that car battery of yours. You know, the one you bought only three years ago. It was fine all summer and fall. You got in the car, fastened your seat belt, adjusted the rear-view mirror and then turned the key. V-room! That engine couldn’t turn over faster and your were on your way. But it never fails. That first cold morning where the doors kind of stick when you open them and the seat crunches when you get in, you reach for the key and all you hear is that sickening sound of an engine that sounds like it’s on it last legs. It moans and slowly cranks away. Like a kid not wanting to get out of bed in the morning, it just seems that you can’t rouse it. You prod it for a while but finally there is no movement at all. Your battery is dead and there won’t be any v-rooming this morning. When you needed it the most, when you really were relying on it; when everything depended upon it and you even had the presence of mind to think about it before you turned to it, it simply wasn’t there for you. The power your needed is missing and you didn’t given it permission not to be there.
Why do we lose hope so easily? Psychologist Erich Fromm gives us a valuable insight. He fled from the terror of Nazi Germany in the late 1930’s. Although he enjoyed his freedom here in the United States, he often puzzled as to why the people of Germany had allowed a man like Hitler to come to power. “Sometimes” he wrote, “the problems of life become so overwhelming that we despair of ever solving them. Should someone come along and say in a loud, confident voice, ‘Follow me without question, do every- thing I tell you to, and I will lead you out of this,’ many of us would find that a very tempting offer. When life becomes difficult, we want someone to say to us, ‘Don’t worry your little head about it. Let me do it for you, and all I want in return is your gratitude and total obedience.’” (Speakers Sourcebook II, page 304)
People lose hope because they are looking for it in the wrong places to begin with. While it is always comforting to have friends, co-workers, even family who offer us hope in a bad situation, it is never wise to allow someone else to carry the burdens that God has given you to bear in the first place. In the midst of crisis hope is often the first thing to take a walk. Like fickle friends who only hangs around when they are being served and then take a hike when called upon to serve, hope is often not there when we need it the most. Why is that? Turning to others when you need to find hope will often prove fruitless since no man’s problems fit some broad template of solutions. Your problems are custom to you as mine are custom to me. Although it is true that on the surface the same bad things that happen to us happen to others and it is always good to know that we are not alone in our troubles, it is also true that while we may share trouble, we never share how trouble uniquely affects us. When we need hope in our time of sorrow, there is no hope on this earth or in this life that can “fix” you when you are broken and “make everything better.”
Heavenly Father, when life gets down and dirty and we turn to things and people for our hope, remind us Lord that only hope that is placed in Your Son, Jesus Christ, is hope that can crank our lives over and get us going again. In Jesus name we pray. 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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