Catching Hope

Looking for the grace of God that surrounds us

Glass Lazarus

on July 12, 2012

Sometimes prayer seems this way, I think. Like a Glass Lazarus.

Go with me on the imagery here….

Our deepest desires, our most fervent prayers, the things that makes our hearts weep for longing…these are the miracles that we pray for, and sometimes they seem as impossible as raising a dead-four-days man from the grave.

And it seems that every time we pray, the dream of our Lazarus-like miracle collides with the harsh steel of reality.  Disappointment shatters that dream into a thousand pieces, like one of those tiny, delicate glass ornaments that falls on to a concrete floor.

But I think there’s hope.

In some cases, I think that God shatters our self-dreams because when the distraction of these desires are gone, we can see that underneath lies a God-dream that is so much better.

In other situations, I think we are called to hold on to the pieces of our God-given hope, despite how they seem to be shattered.

But I guess that’s the tricky part, isn’t it?  We can try to pick up the shards of our dream and glue them back together.  Odds are it won’t work, and it won’t make us happy.

Perhaps what we should do instead is sweep up the pieces and put them in Jesus’ hands.  He will give us His dream instead…or He will put the pieces of our hope back together to make something even more beautiful than we can imagine.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:21-22)

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2 responses to “Glass Lazarus

  1. Sally Michael says:

    Surrender….surrender…surrender. Why is it so hard when our God is so good and promises good for His children? Oh that we might trust Him more. We must dwell on the precious promises and “speak” to our souls more often. I am grateful for the faith God is growing in you…and for your example to me.

    Love and prayers,
    Mom

  2. Mary Delk says:

    Kristi – thanks for the little window into your thoughts, heart, and battle. You have amazing insight into the character and purposes of God. And such faith – even in the midst of the battle. May God continue to be gracious – giving you His precious hope! Trusting Jesus with His plan and purpose is the BEST place to be! LOVE YOU, my friend! Mary

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