While preparing my heart for the laparoscopy (from which I really did not expect good results), I listened to a message by Janis Shank entitled “Hope Is a Verb: Biblical Hope” (HT GirlTalk). I highly recommend this outstanding message on the life of Sarah, which offers weapons to battle fear and wisdom to refocus our hope on God’s purposes. Janis also littered the message with high-impact quotes. Here are a few favorites:
“To hope means to look forward expectantly for God’s future activity. The ground of hope is God’s past activity in Jesus Christ, who points the way to God’s purposes for his creation.” New Dictionary of Theology
“In the case of every child of God, calamity never comes alone; it invariably brings Jesus with it.” Octavius Winslow
“Has your wishful hope been converted at the foot of the cross to true hope?” Elisabeth Elliot
My laparoscopy brought Jesus with it. It also brought good news, so that my temptation to fear has been replaced with a temptation to rely on the wishful hope of getting pregnant soon. I want that wish to become reality, but I want to keep my true hope grounded in God’s past activity in Jesus Christ.