DayBreaks for 04/04/12 – There is Hope

DayBreaks for 04/04/12 – There Is Hope

There is hope when the Light rises...

 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5

Do you ever struggle to find hope?  Day after day, you get up and go to the same job where you’ve worked for 20 years.  Your finances don’t seem any better, maybe worse, than they were 10 years ago, and your dreams of a retirement vanish into the mist of the future.  Perhaps you’ve suffered a long time with a disease or some physical or mental problem.  Your marriage is disappointing, frustrating and loveless.  And you see no hope for any of the above.

In the early part of World War II, a Navy submarine was stuck on the bottom of the harbor in New York City. It seemed that all was lost. There was no electricity and the oxygen was quickly running out. In one last attempt to rescue the sailors from the steel coffin, the U.S. Navy sent a ship equipped with Navy divers to the spot on the surface, directly above the wounded submarine. A Navy diver went over the side of the ship to the dangerous depths in one last rescue attempt. The trapped sailors heard the metal boots of the diver land on the exterior surface, and they moved to where they thought the rescuer would be. In the darkness they tapped in Morse code, “Is there any hope?” The diver on the outside, recognizing the message, signaled by tapping on the exterior of the sub, “Yes, there is hope.”

If there is a message of Easter that everyone needs to hear it is that there is hope!  At the darkest hour in human existence, the Son of God was killed and stuck into a sealed tomb.  Dreams had been shattered, hopes dashed, life snuffed out.  And the minions of hell were shrieking in delight and laughter, celebrating their victory.

There were NO humans who expected to see Christ alive again.  No one.  Not one of his followers spent that Saturday night in breathless anticipation, unable to sleep because they were so excited to run to the tomb in the morning and see the risen Lord.  No, if they were sleepless, it was because they were destroyed spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally – by the events of Friday.  There was no anticipation.  There was no expectation.  There was no hope.

Then, on Sunday morning, Christ came tapping on their awareness and hearts, presenting himself to them physically and in person…and hope was born again.

How full is your “hope tank”?  This week, be reminded that nothing is impossible with God – NOTHING, not your work, not your marriage, not your finances, not anything.  Hope lives!

PRAYER: God, I thank You for hope that keeps us moving forward, that helps us face each day not with resignation, but with expectation!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/21/12 – Avoiding Rescue

DayBreaks for 03/20/12 – Avoiding Rescue

20 Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. Psalm 25:20

In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. Now the police and the owner of the VW Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car. So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue.

Jesus, “the hound of heaven”, pursues us relentlessly.  There are many who feel that if Jesus ever caught up with them that he’d restrict them with iron bands and rob their lives of joy and peace.  They feel being a disciple of Jesus is like volunteering to go into a prison.  They don’t understand that it is the Truth that sets us free.  And the Truth’s name is Jesus!

PRAYER: Capture us with Your unfailing love!  May we all find that your are chasing us not to imprison, but to set us free!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/06/11 – Trust Defined, #6

DayBreaks for 12/06/11 – Trust Defined, #6

From the DayBreaks Archive, dated 11/14/2001:

Faith arises from the personal experience of Jesus as Lord.  Hope is reliance on the promise of Jesus, accompanied by the expectation of fulfillment.  Trust is the winsome wedding of faith and hope.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust)

In the same book quoted above, Brennan Manning shared a story that Dennis Rainey had told him about a missionary family that was on a state-side furlough.  Through the kindness of a friend, they were staying at a mountain cabin on a lake.  The day was warm and the father was puttering in the garage, the mother was inside the house and the kids, ages 4, 7 and 12, were playing on the lawn.  The youngest, Billy, was fascinated by the aluminum boat tied up at the dock that extended from the property.  Occupied in their own play, the older children didn’t notice when Billy wandered across the grass and out to the end of the dock to look at the boat.

The sound of the splash as Billy fell into the eight-foot deep water was their alarm.  The 12-year old screamed as she realized her failure to watch over her little brother.  Sensing immediately the problem, the father came running from the garage and down the dock, diving into the water to look for his son.  Frantically, he searched the murky water – to no avail.  He rose to the surface, gasping for breath, and dove back down again only to be frustrated in his attempt to find his boy.  A third time he filled his lungs and dove down and to his great relief, he found Billy about four feet under water with his arms and legs wrapped around the wooden piling.  Prying his hands and legs loose, the father grabbed Billy and shot to the surface.

Once they were safely ashore and they had caught their breath, the father asked, “Billy, what were you doing down there?”  The little one replied, “Just waitin’ on you, Dad, just waitin’ on you.”

Young as he was, the boy had no doubt had a history with his father – a history of feeling safe, protected, accepted and loved.  He knew from experience that his father delighted in him.  Naturally the boy had a healthy, positive self-image.  He had come to know that he was loved, and he had felt knowledge of his father’s faithfulness.  Cooler heads might judge the boy presumptuous and assert that he had showed reckless disregard for his safety.  He should have taken control of his desperate situation, they would say.  And surely there is a measure of truth here.  However, when taking control becomes our routine response to troubled relationships and worrisome problems, God is not our co-pilot; He’s not even aboard.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust)

Young Billy had some personal experience that led him to have faith in his father.  It led him to hope that his father would rescue him, and he figured it would be easier for his father to find him if he stayed put.  Billy’s trust wasn’t disappointed.

How much better of a father is God than Billy’s dad?  Have you fallen into the deep water and are desperately in need of fresh air in the lungs of your spirit?  If you believe God is transcendent, know that He hears every splash, He hears your every heartbeat as you wait for His rescue.  And His rescue will come – for He is the trustworthy One.

PRAYER: Thank You for rescuing us over and over again!!!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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