we hope. (Galatians 5:5)
There are times when everything looks very dark to me—so
dark that I have to wait before I have hope. Waiting with hope is
very difficult, but true patience is expressed when we must even
wait for hope. When we see no hint of success yet refuse to despair,
when we see nothing but the darkness of night through our window
yet keep the shutters open because stars may appear in the
sky, and when we have an empty place in our heart yet will not
allow it to be filled with anything less than God’s best—that is
the greatest kind of patience in the universe. It is the story of Job
in the midst of the storm, Abraham on the road to Moriah, Moses
in the desert of Midian, and the Son of Man in the Garden of
Gethsemane. And there is no patience as strong as that which
endures because we see “him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27). It is
the kind of patience that waits for hope.
Dear Lord,You have made waiting beautiful and patience
divine. You have taught us that Your will should be accepted,
simply because it is Your will. You have revealed to us that a
person may see nothing but sorrow in his cup yet still be willing
to drink it because of a conviction that Your eyes see further
than his own.
Father, give me Your divine power—the power of Gethsemane.
Give me the strength to wait for hope—to look through
the window when there are no stars. Even when my joy is gone,
give me the strength to stand victoriously in the darkest night
and say, “To my heavenly Father, the sun still shines.”
I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have
learned to wait for hope. George Matheson
Strive to be one of the few who walk this earth with the ever present
realization—every morning, noon, and night—that the unknown
that people call heaven is directly behind those things that are visible.