To say 2020 has been the most challenging, is an understatement. On the 23 March 2020, the world stood still.
It was the day here in England we were told to stay at home, lock our doors and don’t come outside
We isolated from our loved ones, friends and families. Weddings and funerals took place without family present.
Some people were unable to say goodbye to loved ones.
We did our best to home school our kids while working from home. All non essential shops were closed. Our most enjoyable passions ceased overnight.
The events of 2020 brought fear to many.
We looked to the future and saw nothing but sadness as we woke up daily to the grim statistics of the death toil, We couldn’t see a way out
Fear was and is still as real as day and night.
How can you find faith and hope amidst such grim outlook?
What is there to look forward to? Even now as we close the curtains on 2020, the future looks dull. “How do you look forward with faith?“
Webster defines hope, “to desire with expectation of fulfillment.
Well, Jesus encourages us to have faith. Your faith doesn’t have to be big, you only need a tiny bit of faith. Faith in Him.
We do not know the future but we know him. He is true to His word and we can trust him to bring us through life’s challenges and difficulties.
He didn’t promise
sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow
Day without night.
But He promised
Strength for the weak
faith for the tried,
Hope for the hopeless
Help from above.
We can hold on to these promises and as we do, we can be certain of the future. We can see beyond the difficulties we face now to a better future.
I encourage you with these words from Charles R Swindoll.
To hope is to anticipate. It is more than dreaming, however, it is possessing within ourselves an expectation that someday there will be the fulfillment of that desire.
It will become a reality.
Hope always looks to the future, it is always on tiptoes. It keeps us going.
It makes a dismal today bearable because it promises a brighter tomorrow.
Happy New Year.