Overflowing Hope

Posted: March 29, 2020 in Uncategorized
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Wellington Dam, Western Australia

Seeing dams overflowing isn’t an everyday experience but many of us would have good memories of having seen Mundaring Weir overflowing, or perhaps Wellington Dam down near Collie, or even places like Churchman Brook, Serpentine Dam or Argyle Dam in the north west. 

What an incredible sight it is to see the dam full of water, and as the water overflows the roar of that water is quite amazing. One of the aspects of watching a dam overflow is to see the way in which the water is released and spreading out into the rivers and creeks that seem to spring out of nowhere.

Wellington Dam, Western Australia

I’ve started a journey to discover more about hope and I’d like to invite you to join me in this journey. I’ll probably be blogging on Sunday and Wednesday . I’ve been working my way through the Bible to discover what it has to say about hope and I can’t get over how much hopefulness is expressed in the Bible. Here’s a verse that I came across.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

As I read that verse I can’t help but think about those dams overflowing, the roar of the water, and the freedom that is associated with the water finding a place of escape from the boundaries that have been holding it in place.

But it’s talking about hope. For some people hope is like a dry creek bed. We can see the evidence of hope. There used to be a creek or a river here once, but because of the drought it’s been a long time coming. When we live in difficult times, the sense of hope can dry up and it’s only a distant memory.

But the Bible shares a prayer that the dry creek bed of hopelessness and doubt and fear, will once again flow with hope.  The prayer, which is one that I think we can all practice praying says: I pray that God, the source of hope fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The source of hope is God and the expectation of this prayer is that we will trust in this God of hope. Sure you may be experiencing a dry creek bed at the moment and you’re not sure who to trust, and to be fair, there are probably some people you thought you could trust who have let you down. But as you look at that dry creek bed, be reminded that it used to run, and it will run again.

If you’re not used to praying, or you’ve found it hard to pray in the past, this is a great time to start again. It’s a time to pray to the God the source of hope. A God who is trustworthy and dependable.

I’d like to invite you to pray that we together as a society will see God’s hope filling our lives and overflowing so that not only are we filled and overflowing with hope, but that the overflow will impact the lives of people around us.

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