We make plans, we hope for things, and even give people the benefit of the doubt. It hurts when things don’t work out, especially if we are really invested in something. Particularly if we’ve placed our identity in something or in something. When unfortunate circumstances around us scream, it is hard to hear the whisper of hope, but it is always there. Sometimes it seems illogical to hope and perhaps it is... if we are placing our hope in what is naturally imperfect. When we DECIDE to hope in God, we DECIDE to believe His promises. Believing His promises frees us up to wait, not for the cup to drop again, but for flowers to blossom from the soil that is being prepared. We learn to believe that God will work through the biggest of heartaches to better our lives. No one has the power to steal hope from us; we have complete ownership over our hope or lack thereof. So, if we can no longer see hope, it means we decided to let go of it. Perhaps we don’t have to let go of hope, perhaps we just need to plant it where the water never runs out (John 7: 37-39). When we decide to continuously seek Christ, no matter what, miracles happen. Lives are changed, hearts are transformed, slaves become free men. As C.S. Lewis states “Look for yourself and you will find loneliness and despair. But look for Christ and you will find Him and everything else”. Disappointments can easily fuel our misery. Let us instead chose to disappointments as fuel for our faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.