This city slicker loves to fish. Even after hours of no nibbles, I will not be deterred. I cast my line for the umpteenth time, imagining a different outcome, to feel the double yank in which I respond with alternating pull and reel in, eventually netting the big one…or anything big enough to keep! Why do I continue against all odds and rolled eyes of onlookers? Hope.
Without hope, we’re sunk! We all need hope. Some hope for that illusive hole-in-one, a homerun or goal. Others hope for a successful crop, a good return on an investment, a sunny or rainy day. At times our hope is for small, insignificant things. Other times, it’s a lifeline. Most importantly, our hope must be placed in the One higher than ourselves.
Isaiah 40:31 reminds us, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV) Preacher Robert Morris explains that soaring like an eagle provides a better perspective of our circumstances; not becoming weary means we have extra energy stored up for later; and not fainting indicates we have a deeper determination to persevere.
At times hope may disappoint, but keep casting. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV)