Sounds like a Zig Ziglar speech coming, doesn’t it? Being optimistic is commendable and enjoyable not to mention good for the soul. I meet hopeful people every day, but many are derailed when their hopes fail to become the reality they were envisioning.
Interestingly, there is a big difference between being optimistically hopeful and putting our full trust in the promises of God. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Note the addition of the two words, “With God”. That puts the emphasis of our hope on a different set of shoulders and helps us realize that the great I AM is able…able for whatever needs to be done that brings God glory.
I pray this Advent Season is for you and many across this globe a time of experiencing God and all the benefits of His peace, presence, and promises. Think about what we have been through the past 30 days: an election that left us exhausted and then shocked, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and that is just what comes to mind in a moment.
Trying to live like Mary in a Martha world is stressful! We need God. God is able. God is loving. God is a very present help in time of trouble. And the best news of all? God has come near to us in a manger in the person of Jesus our Christ who will never leave us nor forsake us. O come let us adore Him!