Would you indulge me and imagine with me for a moment?
Even though you may be in a place of abundance and overflow right now and you feel life lies before you, stretching endlessly as a broad and vast plain, teeming with everything you would ever want for your pleasures in life…
You skip through life with nary a care…
…Yours is the joy of watching fluffy white clouds scudding across the endless blue skies. Yours is the body pain free and healthy; you have no need to discipline yourself in choosing to believe the report of the Lord instead of the Dr’s report…
God revealed Himself several Fridays ago on the way to Williston Lake,when we stopped in at the tiny little village of Hudson’s Hope!
I think there are times when God hides things until just the right moment and then we see what we did not before, although it has always been in the most obvious of places.
So it was for me… In Hudson’s Hope, we always stop at the tourist facility for a rest break and walk the grounds. Inside, on the wall, for all to see, is a paper with these words on it hoping to explain how the tucked away town of Hudson’s Hope came by its name.
In that place, of comfort and familiarity I read words I have read many times but on that day I discovered a new definition of “hope”.
He opened my eyes so I am able to embrace the heat of this valley.
“It was named after an old prospector named Hudson or Hodgson who “hoped” to make a strike there.”
“It was named after the Hudson Bay Company in their establishment of a post here, the farthest point of navigation before the portage.” (This was of interest to me as my great greats were involved with the HBC, one being a Chief Factor)
…These are the words that caught my eye, arrested my heart…
“The word “Hope” has also been traced to an old meaning in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary being a “small enclosed valley, especially a smaller opening branching out from the main dale and running up the mountain ranges; upland part of a mountain valley, a blind valley.”
We do not have a need for hope when we are in a broad, vast area, at a place and time in life when we are walking in abundance and plenty. Hope is not something we grasp for and hang onto desperately in years of health, wealth and pain free living. Adversity births hope.
We are sojourners in this life; we are traveling through, just like Hudson. As followers of Jesus, our ultimate destination is heaven but why should we give up hope in times of difficulty and be willing to check out early? We hope in faith. Our faith rests upon the unfailing, never changing Word of God.
Our Beloved Papa King deeply loves us, desires to bless us and crown our lives with good things but even so it does not mean life for us will be a piece of cake. A cake must endure the mixing process; placed in a hot oven where the ingredients will form something delicious and then in order to enjoy a slice, the cake must be cut…How often do we want to shy away from the fire and from the cutting?
It is in our times of adversity where we see the hand of God move. Primarily because we are desperate without Him and look for His help, His direction and His guidance and we know we cannot do anything at all but to trust Him and hope in our unchanging, loving Father.
James 1 in The Message: You know that under pressure, your FAITH LIFE is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it (the pressure, the heat of the oven) do its work so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way…Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on is fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.
It is in the cutting that our Beloved draws us closer to Him…He carries us, we are His load and He is responsible for us. He is our Great Portager making His way to that small enclosed valley. It is there in that private, tucked away place, set apart from the main dale, that we learn the lessons of hope and intimacy with our Beloved.
In adversity, our mandate is clear according to Psalm 103:22:
Bless the Lord all you works of His, in all places of His dominion, Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Does He have dominion in your heart? Then in adversity bless Him for you are His precious creation!
Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
I pray that the Father in Heaven will reveal to you who His is.
“I AM Healer, I AM Provider, I Am Great Shepherd, Compassionate, Gracious and Merciful, showing mercy and kindness to a thousand generations. I will show mercy and kindness to you.”
To God alone we bend our knees; we bow and break our hearts in total allegiance to our Bridegroom King. His Word spoken to us unfurls our hearts as petals in the sunlight until we are wholly open to receive what the hand of God would bring.
His hand is stretched out to us to welcome us into His embrace, and we become completely vulnerable, completely accessible to Him as we step into the circle of His arms. We are lost to everything but Him, His glorious face and the longing and deep desire within us to be filled with the words of His mouth. (Beckoned by the King)
Psalm 119:130-133 The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, after Your manner with those who love Your Name. Establish my footsteps in Your Word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
I Surrender to Your Love Jesus,