A Graveyard of Hopes

I have been conspicuously absent from blogging this summer. But now that the school year is beginning and life is settling back into a routine I hope to be more faithful.

I fondly remember a dramatic quote by one of my favorite novel characters, Anne Shirley, “My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.” With such a flair for extremes, Anne’s quote is almost comical and yet surprisingly profound.  I relate. I think all of us probably do.  Even the great King Solomon penned similar words, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

Last month, Joel was required to submit to a lie detector test by his probation officer. This test is vital to the lifting of Joel’s restrictions with regards to seeing children other than his own. I was so hopeful that he would pass and we would finally be able to enjoy family gatherings with the nieces and nephews. Our family began to tentatively plan a reunion at Christmas time, anticipating the joy of celebrating together. And then the unthinkable happened. Joel failed the test. Many factors play into these tests, and while I believe Joel told the truth, his failure has significant ramifications.  Another stone marker was placed in my graveyard of hopes. My heart felt sick with grief. And my sadness continues.

But hope continues as well. Because another great king of Israel penned these words, “Why are you cast down oh my soul? HOPE in God.” God is a God who brings life. He revives. My graveyard of hopes is no obstacle for Him. He is the God of resurrection power. My hopes are revived in Him. Is there a happy ending somewhere down the road? Is there anything left to hope for? Absolutely! Because my hope is in the ultimate happy ending, “further up, and further in.”

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