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Waiting for Hope to Show up and Show up Big

Waiting for Hope to Show up and Show up BigPeeking through the curtain, I scanned the audience and hoped my entire family would show up.

I’d landed my first high-school role in the broadway musical, South Pacific. Thankfully, my character as the island girl, Liat, called for more speaking parts than singing—not my strong suit.

With sweaty palms and a rush of adrenaline, I checked the seats again.

And if my people show up, would I make them proud when I took my final bow?

From side stage during the first scene, my gaze spotted them through the blinding light. All my loved ones occupied the entire third row. They’re here, now break a leg.

Show up for Front-row Seats

I found my groove and remembered my few lines with no blunders. But my glory days as an actress ended soon after.

History also recounts a glory day when hope showed up…big.

Over 2000 years ago, God set the stage for a story of hope to unfold.

The birth of the Christ-child took place in a lowly stable where animals occupied the front-row seats.

Jesus grew and carried out the heavenly Father’s will. The supernatural happened in His presence. He served the community and reached out to wanderers, outcasts, and the wayward lost without hope.

Jesus' life, center stage, pointed the #glory and #applause to God alone. Click To Tweet

Waiting on Hope to Show up and Show up BigShow up at the Tomb

Yet, an enemy, Satan, plotted to destroy God’s plans to bring hope to a hopeless people. Still, the Savior died on a cross for the sins of the world…my sins.

Jesus spilled His blood for me. Then His broken body lay in a borrowed tomb.

But the enemy and Jesus’ accusers barely celebrated before Christ’s followers began rejoicing.

Come and see! He is risen, just as He said!

Hallelujah! Hopeless never gets the last word. #hope #Jesus Click To Tweet

Hope rose from the dead when Jesus Christ conquered the grave. Jesus fulfilled the expectation of eternity and heaven. He provided a way for us to become children of God and gain eternal life.

The resurrection—the day hope showed up and showed up big. Hope unveiled in amazing grace. The spotlight on God’s mercy freeing us from sin and shame.

So while we wait for hope to show up in our own lives, we remember this.

Whatever life throws at me, I remember the tomb is empty. #life #hope Click To Tweet

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

(1 Peter 1:21 NLT)

Show up for Victory

When we accept God’s salvation, it transforms us to over-comers—more than conquerors—and raises us to new life and new hope in the name of Jesus.

Hope in #Jesus trumps all other #hope. Click To Tweet

You see, the world’s hope lacks fanfare moments of glory—booed off stage with a less than desirable performance. And it leaves us in the dark when the last light dims.

Jesus Christ played the leading role in God’s story of hope. So He stands solo as the Holy King at hope’s curtain call. And His glory deserves the applause of angels and saints.

Show up for the Extraordinary

Waiting for Hope to Show up and Show up BigGod desires to make a grand entrance in our life with show-stopping miracles of hope. And Jesus is saving us front-row seats.

Accept God’s invitation to the curtain call where our ordinary life becomes extraordinary with Jesus taking a bow.

Prayer:

God, I place my faith and trust in You. Thank You for hope in Your resurrection power and glory. Your hope trumps all other hope. Whatever life throws at me, I remember the tomb is empty. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

*I revised this post from one of the devotionals in my free ebook, 4 Ways Hope Changes Your Life Forever. Find out more about how hope changes your life by subscribing to this blog community, Hope is Among Us. Subscribe here to receive inspirational articles every Thursday by Girl Friday and download this free resource.

*Featured image and top image from an overlook in Southwest VA, my home town. Center image from Gatlinburg, TN. Photo text and design courtesy of Adobe Spark.

We celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday. Finding true love is a picture of hope in God’s eternal love. Read my guest post over at Soaring with Him, A Grand Valentine Invitation From God. Are you a blogger? Link-up your blog post there, it’s active until Friday, 2/16, 9 AM.

Sometimes I participate in these link-ups: Kelly Balarie/Purposeful Faith, Patricia Holbrook/Soaring With Him, Meghan Weyerbacher/TeaandtheWord, Lyli Dunbar/#FaithOnFire & Crystal Storms/Heart Encouragement.

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February 15, 2018 at 9:00 am | Uncategorized


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So glad His glory doesn’t end and shows up so big and so consistently. Thanks for this!

Karen says:

Me too, Bethany! Placing our faith and hope in God ushers in the victorious life in Jesus, giving Him all the glory. Thanks for commenting. Blessings!

Becky Smith says:

What a wonderfully encouraging post!! I enjoyed reading every word! Loved this: “Jesus is saving us front-row seats. Accept God’s invitation to the curtain call where our ordinary life becomes extraordinary with Jesus taking a bow.” Life-giving words!

Karen says:

Becky, thank you. You’re so kind and encouraging! Yes, Jesus offers the extraordinary in every area of our lives. We can count on those show-stopping miracles of hope to take place in us…ordinary people. Appreciate you taking time to read and comment.

Oh, yes, Karen, Jesus is absolutely the never-ending star of the show! Love the analogies you’ve used here.
Blessings!

Karen says:

Amen, Martha. He is! The world’s hope lacks fanfare moments of glory—booed off stage with a less than desirable performance. And it leaves us in the dark when the last light dims. But Jesus…Jesus is the Holy King at hope’s curtain call. Thanks so much for commenting. Blessings!

I love that we get a front row seat!! <3

Karen says:

Me too, Marla! And at hope’s curtain call, our ordinary life becomes extraordinary with Jesus taking a bow. 🙂

Karen,
I’m encouraged. Whatever throws at me, I remember the tomb is EMPTY!

Karen says:

Yes, Beckie! Me too! So thankful hopeless didn’t get the last word on resurrection morning and doesn’t in our lives. Thanks for reading and commenting. Blessings!

What a breath of fresh air in a week that our nation needs hope, Karen! Sharing this on Pinterest and Twitter, friend. Blessings to you!

Karen says:

Thanks, Sarah. And I just finished leaving a comment on your blog. 🙂 Yes, we need real hope and it only comes from Jesus Christ. God desires to make a grand entrance in our life with show-stopping miracles of hope. And Jesus is saving us front-row seats. Blessings!

Jann Martin says:

Praise God. I’m thankful that He is always there for each of us. He gives me Hope. Praying He wants me to continue to write and publish His inspired children’s books.

Karen says:

Jann, Amen! Hope is a noun and verb. Jesus is hope (n) and we hope (v) in Him. Hallelujah! Everything about hope is tied to Jesus Christ. And, yes, I’m sure your children’s books offer an underlying message of hope in God. So keep writing and publishing sister. We need your voice.

Laura Rath says:

Hope changes everything!!!

Karen says:

Yes! Hope, Jesus himself, changes our life forever! Thanks for commenting. Blessings! 🙂

Carmen Brown says:

I am so blessed that I get to see how God brings hope to us everyday. I think back often to a time I was spiritually blind to all that He did and does to give us hope and it blows me away how I even ever had any hope at all to get through hard times without Him.

Karen says:

So true, Carmen. We are often blind to the hope of all hopes…Jesus himself. But w’re never far from hope. God brought hope near in His Son. Thanks for commenting.

Brooke Price says:

Thank you for sharing this important wisdom and truth! I’m so thankful that we can rest our hope in Him and not have fear in this life. We have so much to look forward to and are abundantly blessed by the hope God gives us. Thank you again for this encouragement!

Karen says:

Brooke, appreciate you commenting and for your kind words. Yes, God’s hope brings us rest. Because of this. The resurrection—the day hope showed up and showed up big. Hope unveiled in amazing grace. The spotlight on God’s mercy freeing us from sin and shame. Once hope rose from the dead, it became ours for the taking. 🙂

Maree Dee says:

Thank you – You have pointed me towards Easter. God certainly did show up. Amen!

Karen says:

Yes He did, Maree Dee. And God had plans for our hope all along…for Jesus to have the final word. I’m so grateful for hope in the cross and an empty tomb. Blessings! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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