Election week continues here in the USA.
Before it even began on Tuesday, November 3rd, it had been an arduous journey. Taking into consideration the Primaries from the spring, then the series of unrelenting commercials, advertisements, and mud-slinging; it has been a campaign that has required a great deal of patience and perseverance.
I pondered these things and more as I trudged through the chore of raking leaves. As I raked the dried, crispy leaves, I began to consider the life-cycle of these once vibrantly, brightly colored leaves. Looking at the many different shades of brown, the autumn leaves seemed to resemble my spirit: shriveled, dried up, and hardened. Realization dawned, though, as I reflected on how greatly things would change in just a mere few months. With the springtime bring baby green shoots. These shoots then burst forth from various tree limbs and soft, glossy leaves eventually grow. New plant-life bursts forth and the world is revitalized.
Just like that, hope was rediscovered.
Do you feel as if your morale is losing hope? Has the year 2020 sucked your spirit dry and hardened your soul? If so, I encourage each of us to not lose hope. For just as my hope was rediscovered through the reflection upon the rebirth of plants and trees in the spring, we can experience a deeper reclaiming of hope when we discipline ourselves to a perspective shift of fixing our eyes on Jesus . Through Him, our souls will be deeply satisfied through a regaining of hope and quenching of spirit.
When we shift our gaze from this world and its grim circumstances, embracing an eternal perspective, we find that we have SO much to look forward to! As a believer in Jesus Christ, we know that this earth is NOT our home. We have the joy of the glories of heaven and eternal life to look forward to. When our gaze is fixed on Jesus, eternal life, and all of heaven’s glories, it becomes easier to persevere through the tragedies of this fallen world.
The life He invites us into is one that is abundant and full (John 10:10). When we reach out to Jesus, believe Him, and receive the grace He extends to us, His Spirit is there to be received into our hearts. Upon receiving His Spirit, a believer can experience peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7) and a quenching of the extreme thirst within our parched, dry soul and spirit (Matthew 11:28). The Spirit is there to be invited in on a daily basis, for continued sustaining and care, just as a friend is called on in times of need.
Be renewed with hope that this earth is not our home. We were created for Heaven and living free from sin. Casting our eyes on Jesus and focusing on an eternal perspective helps us to endure the hardship, turmoil, fear, and grief found in this life. Friend, be renewed with hope that Jesus desires to walk in relationship with both you and I.
Let us give thanks that we can lean deeply into Christ, calling on His Spirit, and discover a renewed joy to greet each day. Through Him, we will then be fulfilled and able to leave a legacy of love here on earth.