Teach Us To Hope

In the car, I dim the music and I pray about promises.

Yesterday’s message was on welcoming God, on learning to trust His promises. I seek to answer the question, “Is there a promise from God that I need to trust?”

These last few months have held a flurry of promises:

“I will restore your joy.”
“I will comfort you.”
“You will grow.”

I’m praying off-the-cuff, spouting words to my steering wheel, to the silver Chevy Malibu who sneaks into my lane.

I ask God to teach us to hope.

TEACH us to hope? They’re my words I’ve spoken, but still I’m surprised.

It’s a prayer I don’t think I’ve uttered before, or a least not often.

Teach us to love.
Teach us to care.
Teach us to follow you.

Those requests spill from my lips, almost of their own volition. But never teach us to HOPE.

Bring hope.
Stir hope. 

I’ve prayed those lines before. God is the one with the hope; we are passive recipients. 

I’ve never viewed hope as a discipline to be learned.

All this while, all this year, I’ve been caught between expectation and entitlement, wondering which promises to cling to, discerning if anything has been promised at all. I’ve been finagling my way to some kind of spiritually mature sense of hope for the future and trust in His promises.

I never thought to ask Him how. To ask Him to teach me.

I’ve sensed Him telling me to choose joy and to choose to trust, whether or not I feel hopeful.

As I dodge brake lights, exit the freeway, I sense the missing piece, the forgotten discipline, the unanswered command:

“Learn hope,” He whispers. “Let me teach you.”

Yes, Father, I want to learn.


One thought on “Teach Us To Hope

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looking through One Thousand Gifts this morning (so many pearls of wisdom), I found this: How do you count on life when the hopes don't add up? The hopes don't have to add up. The blessings do. Count blessings and discover who can be counted on. (page 151) Also: Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with planks of thanks. Such wonderful reminders. Love you.

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