I have a climbing rose bush by my garage that I cut back every winter by about half in hopes that it will bloom better in the spring. All winter long it has looked nothing short of pathetic. Each year I look at the stubby branches and am convinced it will never grow back. Miraculously, it is starting to bloom again as my entire lawn and garden are coming back to life. That is the magic of spring for me – the whole world seems to come alive after a brown and dreary winter. God never lets me down – each spring He puts on a show which gives me a little spring in my step after a cold, lifeless winter.
God does not go back on His promises. He is faithful. He brings the spring back each year. He breathes new life into us when we are feeling down or hopeless. He takes care of our families. He brings us and our children peace and healing as they receive their college acceptances – or not. He has the back of a child who is struggling with academics or social pressures. He holds our aging parents in the palm of His hand.
One of my favorite Bible verses is “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28. God does not just bring about good in the big things. He brings about good in ALL things – even the small things – in the little details of my life. I know that despite my short and long-term worries for my family, God will keep his promise to me and take care of my family in ways I cannot even understand.
Just this week Pope Francis talked to a Vatican audience about how God promises the “impossible.” He asked the audience to hope against all hope.
“Our hope is not based on human reasoning, predictions and assurances,” Pope Francis said. Real hope arises “where there is no more hope, where there is nothing left to hope for.” True hope “is rooted in faith and, precisely for this reason, it is able to go beyond all hope” because it is built on faith in God and his promise, he said.
“There is only one price” to be paid for this, he said. “Opening your heart. Open your hearts and God’s power will carry you forward. He will do miraculous things and he will teach you what hope is.” Just “open your heart to faith and he will do the rest,” he added. (Source: CNS)
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope, without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. – Psalm 119:90
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23