I first saw “her” when she was still sitting on Patsy’s easel, unfinished. Patsy titled this artwork “Hold on to Hope”. One blogger commented how she looks like she is craning her neck, like someone who is waiting and expecting for something.
Don’t we do that with Hope? We crane our necks in anticipation for the arrival of whatever we’re praying for. We hope, we wait, as if it were just around the corner.
When I saw her, how she firmly holds those flowers, determined, hoping and believing that any time now whatever she is waiting for would come, and she would be ready to receive it. I knew then that she was for me. Hope is always for me. And Patsy, a blogger-friend and an artist (their family owns Papemelroti), had gladly sold the beautiful artwork to me when I offered to buy it.
Hope. I’m closely acquainted with it more than any friend. I’ve been holding on to it ever since I became ill and have received the Lord Jesus Christ in my life eight years ago. Hope has been my companion day and night as I battled with my illness. I sleep in hope and awake to hope. Hope was, and still is, lodged in my heart and no amount of suffering could take it away.
This hope I received from the Lord. It came with my salvation.
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. (Rom. 8:24-25)
Every single day, hope is at work in me. It is hope that sees me through every bout of physical suffering. From one difficult breath to another, it is HOPE that I hold on to as I keep still and wait patiently for relief to come. I ALWAYS hope for relief and healing. I know that when I slacken my grip on it, there would be nothing left. For with hope is the anticipation that something good is coming.
And even though I travail these rough roads every single day – and I know that there are many beloved brethren-in-Christ who go through these roads as I do – we are given the promise that ALL these would pass and our groanings would come to an end when our bodies will be redeemed and liberated from the bondage of decay. God has subjected us into this hope. So, we wait patiently. (See Romans 8).
Though in this life we suffer, we hope for the glory that would come – our redemption. There awaits for every child of God this glorious fulfillment of the promise that by the power that enables him [the Lord Jesus Christ] to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Phil. 3:21 NIV).
The Bible tells us that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18). For our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 3:20). That is, His second coming. For He promised that He will come again and receive us to Himself so that where He is, we may be there also (John 14:3).
So, we have this hope. And we hold on to it. Never letting go.
Yes, I will be right here, waiting and watching for the coming of my Savior and Redeemer – Jesus Christ, the hope of glory.