Recently my local newspaper reported an amazing story of survival about a Colorado woman who drove off a steep mountain road. After losing control on a curve, her car flew off a 120 foot cliff, crashed through the tree tops, and finally came to rest down the hillside upside down in an area where no one could see her. Kristen Hopkins, with legs crushed and in horrific pain, endured in the mangled mass of metal for six days by clinging to the hope of seeing her family once again. Clearly she is one tough woman, but what really impacted me from her story was the power and strength that are generated by having a hope that is real.
Hope is what gave Kristin Hopkins the strength and endurance to hang on day after day, and hope is what everyone needs in order to approach life with a zeal and energy necessary to live successfully for Christ. Hope in the heart of a person is like a well-stoked fire in the boiler of a steam train. The heat of the fire in the belly of the train is what provides the energy to propel the train forward. In a similar way, hope in the heart of a person gives him or her the strength to overcome obstacles and endure the hardships of life, whereas a person without hope goes nowhere because the engine is cold and dead. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I more “hope-full” or “hope-less?””
God knows how important it is to have hope and He wants it to be the anchor of your soul!
“…we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”.