As Thanksgiving weekend winds down to a close, I can’t help but think of all the things I am thankful for – family, friends, good health, this blog, freedom, our country – the list is long when I purposefully think about it. But above all, I think the thing I am most thankful for is hope.
I’m thankful that as a Christian I can not only have the hope of an amazing eternal life, but I can have great hope in this life. It’s true for you too. No matter what situation you are facing today, there is hope.
I have broken relationships with family members, debt, lack of dream fulfillment ( that is not a grammatically accurate way to put it I am sure) and stress. Sometimes life does feel hopeless – but hopelessness shouldn’t ever be an option for Christians.
Consider Jesus’s miracle recorded in all the gospels (like Matthew 14). Jesus fed over 5,000 people – probably closer to 10,000 including women and children – with just a few loaves of bread and some fish. My pastor preached on this miracle today (hear the sermon here) and I couldn’t help but be amazed by the whole thing when I really thought about it. God fed thousands with a boy’s lunch. Not only that, he fed them so much, there were 12 baskets of leftovers.
When I think about this miracle, I can’t help but realize that God is a God of hope. I’m facing some pretty desperate circumstances in parts of my life, and I’m sure that you are too. Give God your fish and bread – whatever little bit you have and trust that he can make it stretch far further than you ever imagined.