As I prepare to take my dog for his morning walk his absolute tail wagging joy at the sight of the lead makes me think ‘is our home really that toxic of an environment that he just can’t wait to get out?’ Of course it’s because (I hope) he actually just wants to be out doing what he absolutely loves to do which is to sniff about and mark his territory. That’s what he does the entirety of the walk.
The strange thing is, as he’s doing the thing he loves more than anything else in the world (what it appears he was created for) he doesn’t actually wag his tail at all, I guess he’s too preoccupied. So it would appear he’s actually at his most ecstatic, maximum happiest, when he literally can’t sit still, not when he’s doing the thing he loves but when he’s still in the undesirable environment (not where he necessarily wants to be) but he’s hopeful as he sees the lead and he cannot stop the tail from wagging at the expectation of what’s to come!
This is a great picture of how we should live as followers of Jesus, everything should be coloured by hope. We will never truly be satisfied here on Earth. It doesn’t mean we’re just sitting it out, it means we can live in the most free and expectant way. It means we can live our lives showing off the hope we have that master Jesus has got the lead in hand, and through faith we’re expectant of what we don’t yet have as we literally can’t stop our tails from wagging!
Read these verses on hope and ask God to fill you afresh with the hope that is ours to carry.
Job 11:15-19 Then you won’t be ashamed;you will be confidentand fearless. Your troubles will go awaylike water beneath a bridge, and your darkest nightwill be brighter than noon. You will rest safe and secure,filled with hopeand emptied of worry. You will sleep without fearand be greatly respected.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation;he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Even youths grow tired and weary,and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lordwill renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint.
We may be in strange times, it only gives us more opportunity to stand out against the darkness and point a world is desperate need to the saviour!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.