On St.Patrick's day, March 17th, my eyes were drawn to something inspiring! While checking out progress on our new building at church, I looked down and saw these beautiful purple flowers growing in the cracks of the asphalt parking lot. Little purple flowers might not describe it best for you horticulturalists, so I did some research. They are "Rock Cress Purple Aubrieta Hybrida Hendersonii." Now you know! I think I'll stick with calling them little purple flowers!
These beautiful little flowers reminded me that no matter the situation before us, hope can spring forth to capture our attention. Hope is the beauty in the chaos.
Romans 15:13 offers us a challenge to be filled with hope:
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Overflow with hope. That's what we should be doing during this health emergency. This hope is a God thing. You don't just muster up hope or snap your fingers and suddenly become hopeful. This hope is produced by the Holy Spirit of God. It comes by seeking God, praying to Him, and submitting yourself before Him in order to be used by Him. He who is called "the God of hope" wants to fill you with a hope that will actually overflow! The trust you have in God should permeate throughout your life to the point that others are impacted by the hope that results.
The hope in Christ that you may offer others will make a difference during these difficult days. People are starved for hope. Brighten someone else's day by instilling hope. In fact, see yourself as a dispenser of hope. Don't allow fear, confusion, panic, disappointment, or worry to get a grip on your life. Instead, let hope overflow.
May those beautiful little purple flowers remind us to bloom with hope in the midst of these chaotic times. Fear stops us in our tracks, but hope keeps us grounded and expectant of how God will work, even in these difficult days.