I don’t like to spend money. So whenever there is an opportunity to acquire a free pen, I do so. I’m sure that’s how this particular pen found its way into my purse.
I have no recollection of when I got it or where I got it from, but I know why I picked it up today.
I pondered the phrase on the side, “A Greater Hope”. Yes, it was surely referencing Jesus, but what was God trying to tell me through this pen?
(Note: I don’t believe in coincidences. So I tend to (over?)analyze things like pens. I also have too much time on my hands, apparently.)
I know Jesus is THE Great Hope. But why was God bringing it to my attention today?
I thought about hope… The remnants of a Bible verse came to mind, “My hope is in You.” I looked up the whole verse to get some context. It reads, “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long,” (Psalm 25:5).
I was not at all surprised the phrase, “My hope is in you,” is set in a verse about God guiding us given yesterday’s post.
But I still wasn’t getting all God was trying to tell me through my pen. He wanted me to focus on the “Greater” part.
Jesus is a Greater Hope… greater than what? Then it dawned on me – greater than ALL OTHER HOPES.
We receive hope from a lot of different sources. We gain confidence from trustworthy spouses and family members and friends. We get security from our jobs with their regular pay checks. We feel optimistic when our sports teams perform well (Go Dawgs). Even the weather can cheer us at times.
But there is one Source of hope that is greater than all of these. As I stared at my pen, I sensed God saying, “Go to the greater Source. You have a lot of hope in a lot of great things, but look to the Greater Hope.”
Lord, help us do just that.