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Hope may wait but it will not wane . . .
Hope will eventually force you to take action.
Hope is full of the unknown. It is that gumption which leads you to the most unexpected places at the least expected times.
Hope holds the key to your inner longing–the true desire of your heart.
Hope has the answer but you must dig deep enough to find it. When you latch onto it fully it begins to move and shake as things suddenly begin to work together without your control or orchestration.
There is no problem too big for hope.
Hope takes on a life of its own. It sends you on adventures and causes you to tap into emotions and potential you never knew you had.
The coolest thing about hope is the way it spreads. You think the hope you find is there just for you but in reality it is for others because it touches lives and leaves a heart-print. Hope has a ripple effect as it positively impacts everyone and everything around you.
Everyday we should strive to catch a little bit of hope. It sustains us like the air. Without it, we perish.
Hope can cause us to do things we never thought or dreamed of. I know because I’ve lived that kind of hope.
On January 12, 2010 I saw a report on the news about a horrific earthquake in Haiti. My gut burst with compassion and intercession and sadness and, yet, my mind was trembling with hope.
Hope? What hope could be gained or given at such a terrible time? What hope could I possible find or share? What hope could survive the worst natural disaster in decades?
How could I be of value in a place like Haiti especially in the wake of a disaster?
Unsure, I began to pray until I felt a quickening response in my spirit, That’s when I heard a voice whispering “Wherever there lies a will, there also is a way.”
Like a shot of adrenaline–I knew I must get busy and act on that prompting. I wanted to latch hold of those sparks of hope so I could carry them with me as I went.
But how could I? Without a passport? Without medical skills? Without search and rescue experience? I was without even the foggiest idea of how to get there or how I could possibly help.
And yet my gut kept telling me to go. And so . . . I went.
I made three calls to friends who could tell me what to do.
Within less than a week I was packed and heading to Haiti. Everything just fell into place. My media skills were used to help document and share the work of hundreds who came to assist. I spent a month with first responders and medical teams all over the world. I fell in love with children who smiled and laughed and whose eyes lit up in spite of the damage and hardship they endured.
My heart broke for the mama’s who bore the suffering on their shoulders and rationed off bits of bread and sips of water to keep their children alive even when they went without and grew more fragile by the day.
The colors in Haiti brought hope. Bold, beautiful artwork overwhelms the soul and it is everywhere you look. With that much color–sadness cannot breathe.
Haiti is like a canvas filled with tropical plants, seas and mountains, brilliant sunlight and magnificent color from the murals along the city streets to the Caribbean cottages on the waterside to the clothes the people wear.
More than anything, Haiti birthed in me the heart and soul of a missionary. I finally realized I could go anywhere and do anything as long as I followed my gut, trusted in God, listened carefully to the voice of hope and then followed it without fear. Faith over fear is the secret to a full and fruitful life. Find hope and let it lead you.
Its a New Year and a great time to set a new course. May we dwell on possibilities and ignite the fire of hope in our lives. My greatest desire for everyone in 2015 is to find that place where hope resides, to visit it daily and to share it with others.