Blue and the Spirit Within You

 

 

 

In the last post, I briefly mentioned that my favorite color is blue.  Here’s why…

1. The sky is blue.

2. My favorite water bottle–the one that I carry with me, literally, everywhere–is blue.

3.  Most of all though, the color blue is my favorite because of the picture below

the Chapel of Memories at

Mississippi State University

If blue wasn’t one of your favorite colors before, I hope it is now after seeing this picture.  Isn’t that stained glass so beautiful?

As a student at Mississippi State, I’m blessed to have this chapel on campus and find refuge in it often.  Whether in between class, during the once-in-a-blue-moon skipped class (oops! 😉 ), or as my pit stop on an early morning run, this chapel with its beautifully-blue, stained glass always seems to bring me into the deepest place of myself… where the Spirit resides.

Within each of us, there is a place that we cannot even express with words, a place where we are touched by the simple beauty or, regretfully, the harsh heartbreak of life.  Only in this place though can One Thing, One Person ever interpret how we truly feel: the Holy Spirit.

“God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along.

If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter.

He does our praying IN and FOR us, making prayer out of our 

wordless sighs,

our aching groans.

He knows us far better than we know ourselves…and he keeps us present before God.

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in

our lives of love for God

is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:26-28

(The Message)

Whether or not your favorite color is blue, I pray today that this passage will touch you in that deepest place today.  God knows you better than you even know your own self.  Instead of running from Him because of the frankness of this truth, run to Him.  Let His Spirit move within you, praying for you with “groanings too deep for words” (ESV translation of Romans 8:26).

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah 🙂

 

 

 

“Do I really have hope?”

My first meal in heaven…. : You may be wondering why I wrote that post.  After all, it seems pretty random compared to all of my other posts.  I wrote it, though, because it segues into one of my favorite words of the Bible.  Hope.

Throughout the course of a day, we say hope quite a bit: “I hope we win the game,”  “I hope that I didn’t fail that test,” or “I hope we can hang out this weekend!”

In each of those exclamations, we use the word hope, but what do you notice?  Each time that we use that word, we are in a situation where oppositions–an team with a better record, a hard test, or a conflict of plans for the weekend–make whatever we are hoping for very unlikely to happen.  Doubt is present, so we say, “I hope.”  We know that it is unlikely, so we hope and wish for it to happen anyways.

But, this is not what the Bible means when it says hope

My Bible dictionary says defines hope as,

“Trustful expectation particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Biblical hope is the anticipation of a favorable outcome under God’s Guidance….

This contrasts to the world’s definition of hope as ‘a feeling that what is wanted will happen.’ “

Holman Bible Dictionary, pg 780

Notice that the Bible uses hope when speaking of a TRUSTFUL EXPECTATION and the ANTICIPATION OF A FAVORABLE OUTCOME.  The word’s definition, though, is used only in regards to a feeling in the presence of doubt.

I say all of this to really say one thing about my last blog post.  We all have different ideas about Heaven and our first meal with God.  No matter what we imagine or wish it would be like, though, we all have one hope, one trustful expectation that compels us each day.  Romans 5:2 says, “We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”  In other words, we live with joy because we TRUST that He will be glorified there.

We only have one hope in our life.  This hope IS NOT for how much money we’ll make, what car we’ll drive, or what team will win the game.  If we truly have the Holy Spirit and God’s love in our hearts, that one hope–the glorification of our Heavenly Father in every area of our lives–will not disappoint us.  Trusting in that one favorable outcome will even allow us to rejoice in our own suffering (Romans 5:3-5; see also 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Now it’s time to ask yourself one question.  Do I really have hope?