The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11
About two months ago my position at work was deleted, and I became one of the many who found themselves unemployed. There I was, standing in front of my boss, as she told me the office was reorganizing and I was no longer needed. It’s not the news you want the day before you are going on an expensive family vacation. Especially when you’re not sure how long it will be before you are employed again, but we had hope in God’s plan. We left work that day, prayed that God would provide, and set off on our journey to the beautiful Catskill Mountains. It’s one of our favorite places on earth!
We could have easily fallen into the trap of the enemy and felt despair. We could have complained about how unfair it was or cancelled our trip, but instead we relied on hope and faith. We knew we had to cut back on the vacation budget and rethink some of what we were going to do, but we also knew God had something special in store for us. That time we spent in the mountains was such a beautiful time for our family. We saw amazing sights and got to know some awesome people. It was a time of deep prayer, tons of laughter, and great adventure. It made our family even stronger and it was a trip we will never forget! God came through in a big way and provided an amazing vacation on a shoestring budget. It was more than we could have hoped for.
I learned a lot about hope on that trip too! Through some wonderful encouragement from new, what I know will be lifelong, friends, He taught me to believe in His plans for me, to have more hope, and to focus more on what He wanted me to do in life. See, I had lost focus on what God wanted me to do professionally. I was relying more on security and making sure everything was taken care of on my own, being “responsible,” as I would call it. I had a dream for my artwork, but that was put on the back burner, because it wasn’t secure. I had put more trust in what would bring security, than what God could do and wanted me to do. He spoke to my heart and told me everything was going to be okay. He didn’t promise it would be easy, but He did give me hope that it would be an epic journey, if I listened to His plan.
God reminded me of the gifts and talents He had given me and gently told me to use them more. He clearly said that doing what He has called me to do is the most responsible choice I could make for my life. It’s scary to hear that He wants me to focus more on my artwork and put myself out there. I struggle with confidence, I always have, but God has been clearing that out of my heart and building me up. He was clear in the fact that I wasn’t doing what He created me to do and He wasn’t going to let me run from His plan anymore. (I know this is why I lost my secure job).
I have been working on new art work and can’t wait to share it with you all in the future. I will be sending out my artwork to open calls and greeting card companies. I have been trusting that God has great plans for me and that He wouldn’t have placed me on this path if He wasn’t going to walk beside me and light the way. I have finally seen that having hope in what the Lord can do with my talents isn’t a bad or irresponsible thing, but it’s what He has been telling me to do for far too long. I know, financially, it will be tight for a while and I will find a job that will help ends meet if that’s God’s plan. More importantly I know without a doubt that God’s provision is abundant and that the hope we find in Him is even greater than we can imagine.
Hope comes from God in many forms. It can be the hope of salvation, the promise of new life, a clear sight of His perfect love for us, or even the dream of using my talents for His glory. In whatever way God shows us hope from day to day, I am completely grateful that He does. He brings hope and loves us so much that He not only died to save us, but He cares about every single detail of our lives. I am truly hopeful today that God has made me to be more than just unemployed, He has made me for His glory and to do great things in His name!
Thank you for hope and thank you for all that you have planned in our lives. Thank you for guiding us in the way we should go, even when we are stubborn. Thank you for your provision and great sacrifice so that we can live eternally with you one day. Please help us to remember our hope daily. We want to trust in you to light our path and help us to follow and do great things in your name, to bring you glory. We love you Lord!
In your precious name,