But as our friend from across the pond, Victor, who blogs here, pointed out in his comment on yesterday's blog---it is so much more.
"The thing is ... life itself is expectations. Some might call it hope. A baby is born ... we all hope he is OK and healthy and will have a good life. He grows up ... we hope he'll do well at nursery, school, college, university. He gets a job ... and we hope with him. He gets married ... that in itself is a symbol of hope and expectations that the marriage will be happy and will last an eternity. And so on it goes.
God gave us hope because without it there's really no point in going on. No matter how bad our situation is now, and how low we feel; without hope there's nothing more to keep us going.
And as you say, with hope, and expectations, we should have trust that He cares enough to see us through our darkest difficulties."
BINGO---today's blog topic.
My life does not look the way I thought it would---but I have hope it will be filled with joy anyway.
I miss the companionship found in a life long relationship. I miss having someone to rehash my day with. I miss being taken care of and caring for another. I have hope God sees my aloneness and will fill those gaps with friends.
The world and our country are in such a mess. I am concerned for my children and grandchildren and what the future may hold. I have hope things will turn around.
Where does this hope come from? Faith begets Hope.
The words to that old hymn "My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus' love and righteousness," describe if perfectly. Without Jesus is there any hope? Hope is built on the assurance found through experience. My experience is God is a faithful and loving. He has good plans for me---not my plans--but His.
And then in walks trust. My hope is based upon my trust which was also born of my faith. You might say hope and trust are siblings born of faith. As Victor so poignantly stated, "Without hope there's nothing more to keep us going." And it all is a gift from The Father. Hope for tomorrow, the hope of redemption, the hope of a future---it is what keeps us getting out of the bed every morning.
A beautiful cord--braided and intertwined so that it looks to be one --
Faith, Hope, Trust
Wrapped around us and securing us with the sure knowledge of a better future---The best is truly yet to come.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from Him.