October 23, 2016

The Miracle of Hope: 3 Examples


We live in a highly sophisticated world that is changing by the minute. Here are a few qualities that have improved over the past few decades:

  • Public awareness of many issues, including global concerns
  • Life spans
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Medicine

Still, something isn’t right. Although some of the world lives a more comfortable lifestyle than previously, many of us aren’t content. Individuals may continue to feel disoriented, anxious, and unfulfilled.

What seems to be the missing ingredient in the “recipe” of life? Hope. Money and fame can’t buy it. Science can’t identify or create it. Technology is manufactured by man, so it cannot give us new hope in a power beyond ourselves.

A positive attitude comes from within; it cannot be generated from outside of us. I recently wrote three articles on how optimism, gratitude, and mindfulness can renew our joy and hope here, here, and here.

I love to get new inspiration from many sources. In this article, I will paraphrase three stories taken from Joyce Meyer’s book, Get Your Hopes Up! I will also add personal commentary:



Hummingbirds and Vultures

Hummingbirds drink nectar from living plants. They are cute, energetic, and healthy.
Vultures eat the carcasses of the dead. They aren’t known for their beauty and energy. Well, just look at the image above!

It’s all a matter of focus. Human beings can also choose to “feed” on positivity or negativity. This analogy ties right in with the popular trend of eating raw, living foods. It doesn’t matter if the nourishment is literal or figurative; it all affects our bodies.



Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is in the state of New York. It is an ever-flowing source of an abundance of water. You can see by the image above how powerful and huge it is. Actually, the picture doesn’t do this natural wonder full justice. Here are some facts:
  • Height: 167’
  • Length: Brink--70 feet; Entire Niagara Gorge (pictured above)--7 miles
  • Speed: 6 million cubic feet of water per minute

The falls don’t have to be maintained in any way. No human force can make it dry up or stop.

I traveled there as a teenager, and the sound of the water was deafening, even from far away. I rode in a boat behind the falls with many others. The closer to the site we got, the louder the noise got. I was scared because I had never experienced anything similar. We also had to wear raincoats to protect us from the downpour of water.
The grace God gives us is like Niagara Falls: never ending and powerful.  However, we must know how to tap into it: through hope and belief.


In-flight Turbulence

A priest was traveling in an airplane. At one point, the plane ran into a patch of turbulence.  It wasn’t long before almost every passenger became agitated and/or hysterical. That was understandable. What wasn’t comprehensible was the attitude of one young girl.  While others panicked, this child sat calmly in her seat. She alternately read and closed her eyes to relax.

The priest couldn’t help wondering about this passenger’s secret to inner peace.  He spoke with her for a few minutes when the flight ended. She explained that she was calm because the pilot was her father, and he was flying her home. No matter how traumatic the flight became, the young lady knew the end result: arriving safely at her home through the hands of her daddy.

She had complete trust/hope in her father, no matter how dark her journey temporarily became.  Every individual can have the same kind of belief in our Heavenly Father.

My Conclusion

Hope is difficult to grasp in a world of strife and confusion. In addition, it’s almost impossible to believe in an improved existence if our life up until now has been full of struggle. That’s the point at which we need to focus on the positive, overflowing grace that’s available through our Heavenly Father. He’s in the pilot seat even through the turbulent times, but we can’t see inside the cockpit, can we? That’s where faith comes in, and that’s another blog post…
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”--Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)

For more about hope against the odds, please view my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

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