I Hope for You

Do I remember how to write?

To be honest, I can’t tell. I’m struggling even now to string sentences together. It’s been such a long time since I wrote anything and I wonder how I’ve survived. I found in one of my old journals something I had written a long time ago that gave me the shivers: THE DAY I STOP WRITING IS THE DAY I STOP THINKING COHERENTLY. (Oh boy! I need to check myself)

But . . .

It’s been a whirlwind of a season in my life, yet I am grateful to be alive. There have been lots of changes with epic twists and turns and a plethora of unknowns; yet I’m still here, standing (or hiding under my duvet because it is 3am and I’d rather not wake Boo of life with the light streaming from my phone as I type). I’ve been up for well over three hours because I’m a mum. Bumble-Bee went to bed feeling poorly and was up after midnight with a sore tummy. So I’m up.

But that’s not the highlight of this season of my life. In the past two months, I have played host to an entire family and my mum. There’s a testimony in there for those who know me personally: MY MUM IS IN MY HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME! (Back story for another day, but join me to thank my Heavenly Father) So with the sudden increase (more than doubled) in the number of humans in my home, it’s fair to describe this season as a whirlwind. 

One of the beautiful things about having house guests is the added variety to our family devotion time. The songs we sing are more exotic, and so are the contributions to the lessons we learn. A few days ago, we talked about HOPE and what it means to us. As is my habit, I asked around the room for what everyone hoped for.

KJ: I hope to have a nice home and a school that’s Christian-friendly

TL: I hope to have a stress-free life without challenges

(Yes, I tried to let him know that life will always come with challenges, but he was having none of it. So I rolled my eyes and wished him well on his fairytale quest)

DQ: I hope ‘they’ live in a good neighbourhood

BB: I hope for you!

Pause if you’re as confused as I was when I heard Bumble-Bee’s response.

Me: What?

He starred at me wondering why I looked so confused, so he said it again:

I HOPE FOR YOU, MUMMY. I JUST HOPE FOR YOU!

Everyone in the room decided to have a go at deciphering Bumble-Bee’s response. I just looked at him in awe. My 5-year-old (or nearly 6 as he chooses to answer when you ask for his age) had nothing else to hope for than me.

Me: You don’t want me to leave you? You want to always have me?

He responded by wrapping his arms around me, hugging me as tight as he could. I hugged him right back.

I have been thinking about his response ever since.

I HOPE FOR YOU

Sometime in the middle of the year, the Lord spoke the word CORNERSTONE to me over and over again. Months after, He added another word: ANCHORED. I have pondered over both words. They are connected. Jesus is the CORNERSTONE that I must be ANCHORED to. That seems common-sense. But I know these words hold more in their application than in the mere understanding of what they mean. Therefore, how can I be anchored to the Cornerstone?

We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold, (Hebrews 6:19 TPT)

I got my answer the day Bumble-Bee spoke those words: I HOPE FOR YOU. Hope is the strong, unbreakable anchor that fastens me to the Cornerstone. Hope is what keeps my eyes and heart on Jesus as I trust Him to keep His promises. Hope is the tether that binds me to the One who I am daily being transformed to look like. Hope is the only thing that keeps me going, one day at a time: HOPE FOR JESUS – because He is all I will ever need, and all that I hope to have.

So when life comes for me and I feel like I’m about to float away into a vast unending space, I HOPE FOR YOU, JESUS. When the sea beneath me is plagued by a raging storm and I feel like I’m sinking, I HOPE FOR YOU, JESUS. When the questions are more than the answers and the fog of confusion thickens around me, I HOPE FOR YOU, JESUS. When I’m on the mountain top and the air is too dense to breathe or when I’m in the valley and the darkness is closing in, I HOPE FOR YOU, JESUS.

…and hope will not disappoint me.

Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvellous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory! But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this HOPE is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!
Romans 5:1‭-‬5 TPT (Emphasis mine)

So tell me, what do you hope for?

6 thoughts on “I Hope for You

  1. Your post reminds me of the hymn, ‘We Have an Anchor.” Here’s just the first verse and refrain:
    1 Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
    when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
    When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
    will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
    Refrain:
    We have an anchor that keeps the soul
    steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
    fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
    grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

    And also ‘On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand:’
    1.My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame
    But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name
    Refrain:
    Oh Christ the solid Rock I stand
    All other ground is sinking sand
    All other ground is sinking sand

    That’s It: Jesus is my hope and my anchor!
    What an amazing answer from little BB! I love those moments God gives us to cherish and hide in our hearts.

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