Enlarge My Hope

Her posture is one of humility.

Her demeanor is open and accepting.

Her stance is nimble

Her mindset is determined.

All the while, she moves about the Jo’burg traffic. Each day, she positions herself at the busy street crossing to wait upon the attention, care, and generosity of passing motorists. Most drive by this woman without thought or consideration.

Upon first glance, she appears as just another woman begging in the middle of an intersection – but upon closer inspection, we observe. She is knitting and knitting and knitting with intricate care and quick dexterity – a scarf, a cap, a sweater. We discovered that the knitting projects are from people who stop by the roadside and present her with a job offer – to knit caps for preschoolers, scarves for friends, blankets for the elderly, or sweaters for newborns. She has embraced these opportunities – even as she continues to stand in the roadway seeking financial gifts and assistance.

In my mind, she stands strong and hopeful in that intersection in all types of weather conditions. She  faces all matter of people who may disregard, who may demean, who may ignore and who may judge her decision to beg. Yet, she acknowledges her financial need with humility – seeking to support her family in the one way that she can – for now.

John and I know her name.

We asked.

For she is a woman who is deserving to be known – even though she would be considered by most as ‘just a beggar.’

But, really, friends.

Aren’t we all?

Just a beggar in some ways, standing before our grace-giving God?

I confess that I sit down daily with my God and present prayer request upon prayer request upon prayer request to Him. There are times that I am imploring my God for His answer and intervention in desperation.

Just like the woman in the middle of the road, I am standing at a divine point of intersection before my God in humility, with an open and accepting demeanor, with a determined mindset – all the while living and doing life the best I can.

I must say that I admire this woman who gets up each and every day to stand at this intersection – with hope, resolve, and confidence that something good will come from others sent to her from her God.

Isn’t that something?

Would you do it?

Would you stand up and be counted as a beggar –  a person in desperate need?

I began my word study of hope with one goal in mind – I wanted more hope!

I believe there is an even greater hope capacity and an even greater hope potential available in Christ.

Why do I think that?

Read these words from Paul:

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.

New International Version, Romans 15:13

These words invoke a prayerful, powerful call to receive an abundant, generous, and overflowing hope found in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The joys which abound, the peace of conscience, the strength and security of the Lord’s abiding Presence, the divine grace of grace of Christ and the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit flow into our lives from our God of Hope. For in the name and person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, every blessing is bestowed. This is a joy and hope that goes beyond our mortal understanding.

This is a spiritual joy.
It is an eternal, infinite hope that satiates and replenishes our souls.

But.

We must ask for it.

More than that though, we need to beg for it!

How is this done?

In Christ!

I believe we need to show our God that we mean business! We stand up! We pray with our hearts fully directed toward our God! We won’t stop going to this Divine Intersection until we receive all of the amazing hope that Jesus has to give! For we desire that the generous, satiating, replenishing, life-giving hope which flows from our hearts into the lives of others in His name! This is a confident, sure hope that is not misdirected, misguided, deceived or distracted by person or circumstance.

No, this hope is strong and sure.

However, to experience such surety of hope, just as the woman arises each and every day and goes to stand in hope, we must as well.

This is the prayerful, expectant way to enlarging our hope. We go to meet with our God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We enjoy time and space with him.

We rest.

We are reassured.

We are comforted.

We are strengthened.

And we receive – the abiding peace, the boundless grace, the abundant joy, and the infinite blessings of a hope-filled life in Christ.

Do you want an enlarged hope found in Christ?

Pray for it.

Beg for it.

Make Romans 15:13 a daily invocation and living prayer.

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.

Enlarge my hope, O God.

Amen and Amen!

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