Suspend reality with me for a moment. I promise I’ll bring you back. 🙂
What if you woke up tomorrow with a message from God (a note, an email, His voice – however your suspended reality works best in this situation) and the message said that in 30 days God was going to answer your deepest prayer.
In 30 days, God was going to do the exact thing you’d been praying He would do.
- You’d get pregnant.
- Your house would sell.
- You’d meet the man who would become your husband.
- You’d get the job offer you’ve been wanting.
- The person you love would be healed.
- You’d get a book deal.
- You’d feel accepted and comfortable where you are.
- Your family member would accept Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
Whatever your long-standing prayer, it would be answered. You know what that thing is for you. I know what it is for me.
How would you live these next 30 days if you knew God was about to change everything?
Where would you go?
Who would you see?
What would you journal or pray?
How would your daily relationships change? Would they?
How would your relationship with God change? Would it?
There’s something about hope – we’ve been talking about it all year – and I just have to wonder if living like God’s promises are just around the corner is the essence of hope.
We often say something to the effect of, “Live today well because you aren’t promised tomorrow.” But might I submit, “Live today well because tomorrow may hold all the promises.”
Tomorrow could hold all the promises.
What if it won’t be 30 days? What if it will be tomorrow?
How do you want to live today if you knew God was going to answer your heart’s prayer tomorrow?
You’d live with hope. With that giddy feeling in your stomach that comes before your birthday or graduation or when you know something big is about to happen.
At least, I think that’s how I’d live.
I’ve been pondering on this a few days, thinking through what I would do differently, if I would do anything differently. Wondering what hope would look like if the countdown began (maybe the countdown has begun?). Curious as to what it would mean to live like I believe God’s promises for my good and His glory are actually going to happen. And soon.
I humbly come here with far more questions than answers. But maybe that’s all we need? Maybe all we need to do is roll this around in our minds for a while, asking how life would be different if we believed past the point of easy and safe.
Romans 12:12 says to rejoice in hope and Romans 5 says hope does not disappoint us. So…..
Maybe this is reality. Maybe being ridiculously full of hope is the real life we were meant to have.
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Would you live today differently if you knew the answer to your prayer was right around the corner?
by Annie Downs