For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6
I remember looking at my newborn baby daughter and marvelling at this little bundle of joy. As she grew up, I wondered what she would want to do with her life. I always prayed and hoped that she would be fine, whatever lay ahead, and that God would watch over her.
Mary and Joseph would have had their own hopes for their newborn baby, Jesus, but I wonder if they fully understood that He truly was, is, and always will be, the only and eternal hope of the world. Centuries before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah had foretold of His divine nature and of this hope. Two thousand years later, there continues to be endless testimonies of Jesus still saving and restoring hope to broken lives.
I remember a particularly sad time in my life when I would keep my windows and curtains closed all day, as I couldn’t bear to see or hear people laughing and enjoying themselves. I felt alone and forgotten. Then somehow, I became strangely aware of God ‘s love for me, and I would keep telling Him how rotten I felt, and in turn I was comforted by His knowing all about my struggle. Gradually I found a renewed hope, a resolve and courage to take steps out of the ‘cocoon’ and start to be able to connect with people again.
Now I do rather like the sound of laughter; my own and others’, for it reminds me of that journey from despair to hope. I know that Jesus is always with me, my everlasting Father and friend who knows everything about me. I know that He nudges and helps me back to hope and positivity when I’m down. I know that because all authority rests on His shoulders (and thankfully not mine) good is a possible outcome from an impossibly bad situation. I know that I don’t have to be burdened by worry and can experience His peace even in the face of adversity.
The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.
Can you share hope today by a phone call to someone you haven’t heard from in a while? Or perhaps offer a smile or simple hello to a stranger you pass by, or say a quiet prayer for them? Your actions may just be the cord that pulls their curtains of darkness open and lets the light of Jesus into their heart and situation.
Adenike lives in Hove and enjoys walking and doing jigsaw puzzles in her spare time.