Overflowing with Hope

A couple of mornings ago, as I was cleaning the bathroom I flushed the toilet and instead of the water going down, it slowly began to rise.  I needed the plunger, and quick!  I happened to be in the upstairs bathroom and the plunger was way downstairs in the basement.  I ran down the stairs as fast as my middle-age legs could carry me, grabbed the plunger and then ran back up the stairs (not quite as fast as on the way down -smile-).  Thankfully I was able to unplug the toilet right before it began to overflow.  Pfewww, disaster averted!  This brought back memory of a time when one of my children (who shall remain nameless) was about three years old and decided to see how much toilet paper they could flush down the toilet.  I didn’t realize what had happened until it was too late.  I could not get that water to stop gushing until it had completely soaked the carpet out into the hallway.  When something is overflowing, it’s hard to get it to stop!

The thought of an overflowing toilet always reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses, Romans 15:13.  I especially love it in the Amplified Version.

Romans 15  13

We serve a God of hope!  In His eyes, there is no hopeless person, there is no hopeless situation, and there is nothing hopeless about the place where you may find yourself right now!  God’s hope is what fills us with both joy and peace as we put our faith in Him alone!  As we trust in Him, the Holy Spirit does an amazing thing in us, He allows our souls to overflow, bubble over with hope.  Hope in God perpetuates itself and leads to an overflow of hope that won’t stop gushing out of us.  When something is overflowing, it’s hard to get it to stop.  This is true of toilets and it is true of us!

Do you need some hope?  Are you placing your hope in a desired outcome, a person, your own plans?  Placing hope in anyone or anything other than God clogs the overflowing hope of Christ, because that kind of hope leads to disappointment.  However, if you place your hope in God, you will never be disappointed!  No matter what life (or ministry) throws at ya, you can get through it with the overflowing (bubbling over) hope of Christ!

May you bubble over with hope today!

Thank you, Father, that you are a God of hope!  Please help me to re-direct any misplaced hope and place my hope in You alone.  Because of Jesus, there is no hopeless person, place or thing.  May I trust in You.  As I do, Your promise is that I will overflow with hope!  In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

Your Friend in Ministry,


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