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When Faith & Hope Are Better Than Sight

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of
what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1

Faith and hope can sometimes serve us better than sight. Because maybe what you see right now is dismal. When a loved one is on their death bed, when it feels as if you’ll never form new friendships, when work crushes a little more of your soul each day and your family lacks joy and camaraderie, when loss and sorrow surround you, your big idea flops, and there’s strife in community and countries alike. It’s time to look to what’s unseen, to something – someone more powerful than all you take in with your eyes.

Need a reminder to hope?

Lumbering downstairs to grab a tissue last night provided a reminder to hope that my heart needs and perhaps yours does too.

After blowing my nose I turned the bathroom light off, fumbled in darkness, and hoped that even in momentary blindness my foot would land on the bottom step where it need to be. As soon as my toes touched the longed for step a tiny patch of light from the neighbor’s porch light became visible on the second step alone. That little glow was enough for me to climb the rest of the way upstairs, unseeing, but it all started with a solitary step of hope towards something I could not see.

Look to what’s unseen.

Whatever your visual reality might be right now – it’s time to look to what’s unseen. To revel in the hope that God’s working behind the scenes even though you can’t see it. That Jesus is here to save, restore, bind up all that’s broken. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” I truly believe that he’s going to provide that tiny patch of light for your next step even if you feel surrounded by darkness.

Do not lose heart. Exist in hope and faith that Jesus is for you. And if you have questions and doubts about this, about God being real and for you, I’d love to hear each and every one of them. There’s far more going on than meets the eye. Sweet friend, anticipate the things that aren’t present in your life.

What are you desperately hoping for? I’ve love to know.
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2 comments… add one

  • Laura March 27, 2014, 4:42 pm


    This post is everything I needed today. You nailed it girlfriend. :-)

    • Alysa March 27, 2014, 5:53 pm

      Thanks Laura! Just what I needed today too. Glad we e-mailed yesterday! Our conversation definitely stirred some ideas up!

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