Hope. A little word that often eludes us. After our second miscarriage, I stumbled across Romans 5:3-5 and gripped those black and white words like a life preserver thrown to a drowning woman.
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of our God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
After sharing this verse with my mom, she gave me a gift. I opened the small box to find a figurine, a small child holding a metal balloon with the word “Hope” written across it. The figurine has been on my bedside for years now, and during those dark days after our miscarriages every morning I would wake up and stare at the little metal words spelling out H-O-P-E. Hope seemed elusive, but even in my suffering, the Holy Spirit filled me with hope. And over time hope has healed my broken heart.
More than anything else, God’s Word is a redemption story. A story of a broken and damaged people redeemed by a merciful and mighty God. I never cease to be amazed at how God uses imperfect people to bring hope to a hurting world. Time after time the Bible illuminates ordinary men and women, boys and girls who change the world because God has changed their hearts. God is inviting us to be a part of His redemption story, to rescue and love those who have lost hope, to show them hope redeems.
We are guaranteed suffering in this life. It is the painful consequence of our sin, but we know our suffering is not the end. When we persevere, God uses our suffering to produce character and out of that character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us. Hope doesn’t disappoint us because as believers we carry within us the Holy Spirit Himself, God’s love poured into us. We can persevere because we know our suffering ultimately produces hope.
For six years now, Matt and I have loved a brown-eyed girl in Kenya. And a couple years after we first fell in love with her, we came across a cute Bolivian boy we couldn’t say no to. Sponsoring children through Compassion is all about hope. Someone once told me…
“Once you’ve seen the need, you can’t ignore it any more. Once you see their eyes and know their story, you can’t turn away.”
It’s easy to look at widespread devastation like famine and the HIV crisis and get overwhelmed. We think to ourselves, “I’m just one person. What can I do?” But one little person and one little word can change a life. You may not be able to change a country or a continent, but you can change a child’s life.
You can show a child that hope heals, hope redeems, hope perseveres. Please sponsor a child today.