Several years ago I had the privilege of meeting Carol Kent. She is a woman with a story no one would ever want to be their own but it’s her story. A great tragedy struck her life when her one and only son did something you would never imagine. You can check out her story here. Carol Kent website Then last fall I met with several women here in the Des Moines area to walk through one of her books discussing life after an “unthinkable circumstance”. I found that nearly everyone has an “unthinkable circumstance.” What qualifies for me is different from what seems unthinkable for you but whatever it is one thing we all had in common is that we needed hope. Hope, a single simple but very powerful word. This morning I’ve been contemplating something we learned but to this day I know I know I have not let this lesson fully settle in my spirit. It’s this simple thought. Hope does not come from a particular event. Events change. It doesn’t even come from a particular outcome. Outcomes can change with time. Hope comes from relationship.
God created us for relationship, relationship with Him. He does not change. His love for us is unending and unconditional. He loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8) which means BEFORE we did anything to deserve that love. BEFORE we helped our neighbor or taught Sunday School or bit our lip even though we really wanted to tell that person off…the list could go on and on. He love us. (period) If we can let that sink deep in to our souls it changes EVERYTHING. We have nothing to prove, nothing to fear. We are loved. We can have hope through tough or even unthinkable circumstances because God loves us which means He will do what is best for us. He will help us. He will be there for us. The thing is we have to take time to have relationship with Him so we can really get to know Him. Then we can trust Him.
Do you know God? I mean really know Him? Do you know that He loves you? If this makes you think, if you believe this or if you don’t believe this, let’s talk. What do you believe? What questions does this bring to your mind?