June 18

JUNE 18
by Megan Smith
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
Psalm 90:1-2
Over the last three months I have had a range of emotions: Concern for those facing health or financial troubles, disappointment in plans being cancelled, sadness about the brokenness of the human condition, overwhelmed with the thought of trying to assist in some significant way, helplessness from the loss of control.
I am a generally optimistic person, but these more negative emotions have been swimming to the surface more often than usual. It would be very easy to let these feelings engulf me, but for my foundation.
Hope.
And as much as the world tries to tell us otherwise, our hope is not found in the current state of our health, relationships, happiness, or security. This is not just hope for a better now, but a hope for a future restored earth and a restored heaven. For a bigger change in this world then we can even imagine.
To see this future, we just need to look at the past. Look to the God who was continually faithful as we were faithless, who restored relationships while we broke them, and who was compassionate when we were apathetic. Who ultimately came to us in Jesus to bring love and hope to all.
And because of this hope, I don’t have to be overwhelmed by my emotions. I can instead use them to work on change within myself, to reach out to people, to shine God’s light into darkness, and to not worry that I have to fix everything on my own. Because ultimately, God, who was there in the beginning, and who is with us through this present, will restore our future.
Our God, our help in ages past
our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast
and our eternal home.
– Isaac Watts (from “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past,” a hymn paraphrase of Psalm 90)  

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