| from Sherri Seligson |
Today I have the joy of introducing you to my friend and colleague, Sherri Seligson, by way of her first blog for us. Sherri and I met through homeschool events and she has spoken for the Celebrate Kids Homeschool Summit and Ignite Women’s Conference. She’s real and her writing is refreshing. There’s so much I like about her message, and I know you’ll see a lot to like, too. This is among my favorite lines: “Hope is the posture our faith takes.”
-Dr. Kathy Koch
Children often ask questions over and over. As a mom, it is easy to tune those repetitions out. I remember one day in particular. My children kept asking me if we were going to the playground in the afternoon. That morning, I had told them we were going there, but they kept asking and asking.
“Are we going to the playground after lunch today?”
We usually went to the playground each Friday afternoon, so I couldn’t understand their constant questioning. But then I realized that we had just come off of many weeks of a stomach flu virus traveling from one family member to another (*why can’t they all get it at the same time and get it over with at once??*), so our Friday playground routine had been canceled for several weeks.
I knew playground time was important to them, and I figured out that the reason they kept asking me was because we had been inconsistent for so long.
Inconsistencies happen a lot in a family. Not because moms don’t plan, and not because we are fickle. But the craziness of family life often causes our plans to change. Thus, we occasionally promise one thing and later have to do another. I recognized that my promises to them were given by a flimsy promise-giver (even if my flimsiness was unintentional).
That started me thinking about hope. You see, we’re all hopeful individuals, needing to place our hope in something – whether it is our bank account, our husband, or our abilities. Yet, if the object of our hope is insecure or unstable, then our lives will be characterized by insecurity and instability. All of the things I mentioned are not completely sure. We live in a fallen world where economies change, people struggle with sin, and even my abilities can be diminished by circumstances. But God is not flimsy. He remembers his promises to us. He keeps them. THAT is our comfort and hope in life!
“Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” Ps. 119:49-50
We are only as secure as the object of our faith and hope. Because God always does what he says he will do, he is the ONLY person we can completely trust.
Indeed, he is the one who “fills us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit [we] may abound in hope.” Rom 15:13
So if our hope is in God, we’ll be full – filled to overflowing. As we read through God’s word we see hope on every page, because it’s an inherent part of his grace. It is the grace he promises to us for the future.
Hope is the posture our faith takes. It is trusting that God will do what he says. He wiped away tears from long ago and will wipe them away in the future. And THAT changes the way we live today, doesn’t it? Hope keeps us from despair during hard times, and it keeps our eyes heavenward during joyful times.
We don’t have to keep asking God, “Are we going where you said you would take me? Are you keeping your promises?”
As imperfect parents, we can’t always keep our promises, nor can we expect others to. The ONLY person we can completely trust at his word is the one who has filled us with joy and peace so that we can abound in hope. Our hope is in the One who will never disappoint. We trust in the future grace he has for us.
And that brings me comfort and joy, even when we have a household of stomach virus and a skipped playground day.
Sherri Seligson is a 21-year veteran homeschool mom and marine biologist. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation Science Curriculum, Instructional Science Video Series, and many other publications. An international conference speaker, Sherri encourages moms and teaches families the value of studying God’s creation. You can connect with Sherri at www.sherriseligson.com.