For me there have always been different stages of hope. Maybe they did not fall into this consecutive order but something like-
"I hope that..."
"God, you know I need this..."
"God, this would be for Your glory!..."
"God, why haven't you given me this yet?"
"I'm still here God- waiting. (!)"
"I know God is good."
"He will give to me according to His will."
"He will give to me in His perfect timing."
"I can wait patiently because I know that His promises are true."
"I hope for -."
"I am expecting with a patient heart."
Does any of that prayer-conversation sound familiar?
Some of the things that we are hoping for we have some control over. (I am hoping to go through graduate school - LORD WILLING.) Some things that I am hoping for are not under my control. (When my husband did not have work, I could support him, but I could not make it appear for him. I could only pray with hope.)
I find encouragement today in these words and I hope that you do as well-
"Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You."
"For I hope in You, O Lord;
You will answer, O Lord my God."
-Psalm 38: 9,15 NAS
The word for "answer" is synonymous with "hear." You see, our God is not like me who listens to my nine-year-old's expressive babblings with one ear. Nor like me when I sometimes "hear" the word of God and do not do it. Our God hears and answers. He always hears and He always answers.
I believe that.
I will tarry and wait patiently with expectant hope.
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