I hope in God

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

I have to say that this past week was exciting to say the least. Chandra, Noah and Dakota drove in from Rochester, NY in a two day drive which brought most of the family together.

Candice, Caitlyn, Camryn and Timothy came from Norman. Chasity, Amayah, Charity and Piper came from Amarillo. Of course Joshua, Danielle, Harper and Sutton were here. Vicki’s parents, Bob and Millie along with Vicki’s sister Gina and her husband Daniel and their daughter Hannah came from Oklahoma.

Needless to say our house was rocking! I’m pretty sure our neighbors were looking for ear plugs while they were all here. The kids played games in the back yard and studio. They had a great time. At times it got pretty crazy, but all in all it was a really good time.

As I thought about what all of them being together meant, it made me smile. Even though many years have gone by since they lived at home, they just laughed, played games and spent time together. It was just a time filled with love and a little craziness!

With all that has been going on in our world it made me think. It seems to me that even when we don’t live ‘together’ we can still share time with one another. No, it isn’t always easy when the kids are bouncing off the walls, running in and out of the doors and just eating all the snacks they can get their hands on.

The important thing for me was that we were together. It made me stop and think about all that has been going on in our world. It made me think that if we will look at each other as family we can make a difference in the lives of each other. We will still have issues that we will face along with struggles that will arise.

But this got me to thinking about something Vicki said before it all took place. She said, “I just hope that we can all get together and have a good time.” I am pretty sure that except for a few moments of struggle, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the time we had together.

As I look back to what she said there is the one word – hope – that stands out. Hope is defined as ‘to entertain a wish for something with some expectation.’ Vicki’s hope was simple enough and one that I believe we all had, but never voiced. We just wanted to have time together and enjoy each other.

Then I remembered that the car Chandra leased to bring to Pampa has South Carolina plates on it. That was a little weird with her coming from New York, but what was on the on plates made me stop and think. The tag says “While I Breathe, I Hope”.

I wondered what God was trying to say to me. Then I realized that many times I get so caught up in the way I think things should be that I fail to place my hope in the Lord. When things are not going the way I want them to, I try to fix it. But maybe this tag was for me. Maybe God wanted just to breathe and have hope.

Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.” Instead of running around trying to lay hold of something that will bring me hope; I just need to turn to God. As my Lord and God, He is the hope that I need to go through life.

We can place our hope in family, friends, jobs or any other thing, but they won’t always be there. Only our hope placed in God will allow us to breathe the fullness of life. Like the song says – “my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Yes, I know there will still be trials, but when we place our hope in God, He will speak to us and bring us that ‘hope that will surely endure’. So ‘while I breathe, I hope’ in God.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul

Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at bropaul@centramedia.net.

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