Take Hold!

Fear and uncertainty cripple and incapacitate our hope, our resolve and our joy.

When we fear for the future and all of the what-if’s that may come, dark clouds descend upon our heart and soul.

I find myself susceptible to fear – especially when I begin to worry about the future of my children – particularly Jake and Caleb.

Honestly, I have no idea what their future holds. As autistic young men, the future may judge them by their inabilities, their frailties, and their lack of capacity. Instead of taking time to assess and appreciate Jake’s and Caleb’s strengths and embrace their unique personalities, I fear the future may cast them aside – considering them incapable. When I begin to camp on such discouraging, powerless thoughts, I am slayed.

Unfortunately, we’ve encountered different individuals in the course of Jake and Caleb’s life time who have considered them unworthy of attention and care. There’s nothing worse in my mind and destructive to my heart than to have others judge my children as unimportant and unnecessary.

How can one think such a thing?

It’s incomprehensible to me.

Yet, tragically, children are disvalued and unappreciated for many incomprehensible reasons; gender, skin color, race, ability, and more. This indifferent and cruel world often has no patience for those that are perceived different and unique.

Not me.

And not my God.

My God often receives a lot of poor attention and critical press for what happens to those who are frail, weak, and poor in this world.  Yet, if one pays close attention to the Word of God, His word is brimming to overflowing with verses that point to the Lord’s attention and care for the weak, the poor, and the powerless.

He understands that this world is harsh and cruel.

He realizes that this world casts judgment without empathy or understanding.

He is conscious of the hurt and suffering that is experienced on earth.

He is aware that we are weary and exhausted by the difficulties in life.

He recognizes that we are often fearful of the future.

And it is into this reality that His Word of comfort, strength and hope speaks:

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
 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.

New International Version, 40: 29-31

The word for hope is based upon the Hebrew transliterated word, qavah. Qavah means to wait. However, there is an even more concrete, visual meaning of qavah. Qavah at its root word level means to wind or to twist as in to wind or to twist the strands of a rope or cord. If you have been following along, tiqvah, which also comes from the word qavah, means hope and cord.  I have often called tiqvah – the cord of hope.  Thus, qavah means that one must wait as the cord strands are wound and twisted in order for the cord to be formed, strengthened and be made firm.

This hope we have in the Lord is a lifeline of renewal, restoration, strength and power – wound and twisted by the Lord Himself.

The Lord is to be waited upon in life – no matter what life circumstances and personal challenges we face.

The Lord will provide His strength, His encouragement, and His power to help us. Even in the moments of life when we are most spent, have no might, and feel utterly hopeless, our God will restore us. He will  increase our strength and our resolve.

Despite what this discouraging world may say, the purpose of God’s empowering strength is to keep us moving forward and keep us making progress for His glory and for His Kingdom to come. Our purpose in life is to live for His purposes!

Do we have such vision?

I believe the different challenges we face on earth often distract us or hinder us from seeing the part we play in the advance of God’s Kingdom. Certainly, the world sees no purpose or value in the poor, the weak, the frail, the exhausted, or the powerless.

Yet, the Lord does!

Jesus Christ lifts the down-hearted and the meek in His words:

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.’

New International Version, Matthew 5:3-5

Such words lift our souls. For those of us who are weak and frail, we soar upwards towards our God and the heavens!

Similar to mounting the wings of an eagle, we ascend above our circumstances and view them for the tiny hindrances they truly are inside the immeasurable expanse of God’s care, provision, and purpose.

When we return to earth, we are invigorated and strengthened in capacity and resolve by our God encounter! We run and we run and we run! We have the power of the Spirit to boldly share and to bless others with our hope!

Finally, we walk.

In truth, the majority of our days is spent walking.  The reality is that we walk most places in life. Once in a great while we are gifted with an opportunity to soar high to the heavens. There are times when we run. Yet, to keep going and to be consistent in our faith life, the pace must be slow and deliberate. The stresses and strains of everyday life are most often faced as we walk. For it is in our walking and waiting days that our faith and hope in our God is revealed – He shows Himself to be our lifeline of hope.

Friends, I do not know what the future holds for my children.

However, my God does. Just as He holds a lifeline of hope for me, he does the same for Jake and Caleb. And for you too!

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

Are you worrying about the future?

Are you fearful for the direction this world is going?

Are you upset about things that are beyond your control?

Are you exhausted, worn-out and overwhelmed by your circumstances?

I get it.

I do.

This is why I am studying the word hope this year. I am looking to my God for what He wants to teach me about the hope that is His – always!  My God offers a cord of hope, an empowering, restorative, strengthening life-line to you and to me.

The question we must ask is will we take hold?

For if we do, we will be strengthened and empowered by God’s eternal hope. In so doing, we may offer this amazing lifeline of hope to others as they see us moving forward in the grace, in the love, and in the power of our Lord and Savior.

That’s power.

That’s strength.

That’s hope.

It’s ours  for the taking in the restorative and renewing cord of hope.

Take hold!

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  1. Fabulous post with some deep thoughts and inspirational words of hope and perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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