Move With Hope, Together

I love what the Apostle Paul writes in Romans regarding change and moving forward.  Check this out:

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

Romans 8:18-27 (Emphasis mine)

A forward movement works both in what is seen, tangibly, and what is not, by faith.  We have hope, as the children of God, in the things that remain unseen and unknown to us taking time to manifest in our hearts through efforts cultivated by us and by God.

This hope is not easy… but that should not be where our focus lies.

More importantly: we’re not alone.  Groans may pervade our bodies, our relationships, our communities, and our world but we’re meant to be united first with the Holy Spirit and second with fellow believers – it is most definitely not about us doing things on our own.  We have a guide in the form of the Holy Spirit who walks with us in the difficulty and the joy that comes with the forward motion.  There is someone who meets us and helps position us for this transforming growth movement.

Have rest – you are not alone, forward movement does not happen by our own volition when we cling to God, when we seek him continuously with the help of others.