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Hope despite the snow

on March 10, 2013


Another snowy Sunday. The white snow-blanket on the lawn is pockmarked with cat paw-prints. Neither of the cats is impressed. And for the rest of us, a forecast of further snow is just not what we wanted.


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The Bible tells us that “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12). Those of us who had leapt gladly into thinking spring was on the way that day last week when the sun shone, will be feeling a little sick as we are forced to defer our hope a bit longer.

But at least with the seasons, hope is only deferred for a short period. We know spring will come and then hopefully be followed by a decent summer to make up for the hard winter and last year’s poor summer. It’s the big things that seem like never-ending dark tunnels with no light at the end that really make our hearts sick as we defer our hope, time after time, till time itself is irrelevant and ‘some day’ becomes ‘never’ or maybe ‘after we die’.

Life without hope is life that isn’t worth living. We all need something to hope for – daylight after a long night of weeping, or bedtime after a long dreary day of struggle; spring after winter, the weekend after a long week’s labour, a cup of tea and a sit-down, a friend’s hug to cheer us up, a Sunday service that lifts our spirits and enables us to face another week…

Ann Voskamp‘s wonderful idea of finding at least three things to thank God for each day – adding up to over a thousand by the end of the year – is a powerful way of seeing where God has blessed us in the mundane details of our daily lives. (I’ve got to no.384 on my list!) I wonder if hanging on to hope – again for small things – completes the circle: we hope and trust, God blesses us, we say thank you.

No-one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame” Psalm 25 verse 3 assures us. So let’s hang in there, in hope and trust for all the things – an end to winter and the coming of a lovely spring and summer included! – that we would love this year… For as 1 Corinthians 13:7 reminds us “Love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”





2 responses to “Hope despite the snow

  1. Fran says:

    On a similar theme, this morning I was standing at the bus stop with my guitar, on my way to lead worship at church, and shivering, and looking at the sleet, and thinking, ‘Why has the Spring disappeared?’ Then I heard this little bird singing away for all he was worth as though he hadn’t noticed the snow and was still all Springy. I think he was hanging on to faith in a way I wasn’t!!

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