This week has been a roller coaster of emotions. With Dad’s help Ramos & I have been looking for house to buy here in South Africa. Having found what seemed like the right house and then going through a rather pushy agent who was desperately trying to speed us up the owners have changed their minds about selling at all. Wish they had told Mrs Pushy Agent what they were thinking! So after all the excitement, pressure and flurry of email to get papers signed now we are back to square one.
Sometimes people are just disappointing. There is nothing worse than getting your hopes up than to find the hope was false. As they used to say when I was a kid – you have two hope: Bob Hope and No Hope.
At least with God we have someone who doesn’t disappoint:
Romans 5:2-5 And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
I want a hope that doesn’t disappoint. I love the way the Message version puts this:
Romans 5:3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, 4 and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. 5 In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary–we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Lord, I have got my containers ready – now we just need a house to keep them in!