“Tomorrow is the deadline!” my girl moans, “I have to make the posters tonight.” I groan. I’m ready to call it a day or at least sit down for a few minutes before bed. I glance toward the kitchen (almost clean except for crumbs of taco meat on the stove). Every year she runs for Student Council at school, and she has yet to make it. I feel like discouraging her. My husband does, “Think about time. You may not have time for this.”
Her bright face lifts toward us, determined. “Okay, I’ll help you, but I’m not doing it for you,” I say in a tired mom-voice. We pull out markers. We make a plan. We print pictures. The printer runs out of ink. We change plans. I’m into it now, sleep forgotten. I’ve caught her hope. A small thing, but now we are laughing together. “You’re good at this, Mom,” she says. I laughed. “What? You really are!” she says, miffed.
“Thanks,” I said. “You must’ve done this a lot. Did you run for Student Council?” she asks. “No, I wasn’t brave enough. Too shy. I just wanted to stay unnoticed,” I answered. “Well, that’s silly,” she replies. “I know,” I agree. “Don’t worry. I got over it.” She flashes me that smile with eyes full of hope. I hope she makes it.
It occurs to me that we often push hope under the rug for many reasons. Disappointment. Busyness. Lack of courage. Cynicism. Apathy.
It occurs to me that I often give up on hope in certain situations, with certain people, with certain rhetoric.
It occurs to me that the road to hope is not easy.
It occurs to me that Hope is waiting for my yes. God is calling us all to a hope that does not disappoint.
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5 (NRSV)