A Different Hope

A tiny bundle of fluff that we admired from afar.

Micah 7:1-20

Reference: “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” ‭‭Micah‬ ‭7:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Last year we had a tawny frog mouth build a nest in our garden. We heard her in the evenings and loved seeing her come and go during the day.

We were overjoyed when we saw another feathery creature in her nest. A tiny bundle of fluff that we admired from afar.

However one day the baby frog mouth was found on the ground. It was still alive but the mother was nowhere to be found.

We tried to provide food for it but it didn’t take long for this little handful of feathers to pass away.

I was so saddened by what had happened. This act of nature seemed so harsh and I grieved for the mother left behind.

I was telling my mother, who loves birds, about it all and she compassionately said, “Hopefully she has better luck next season.”

I suddenly saw hope in the situation. While it was still sad this little bird had not survived, my mum reminded me that the future could bring a different hope.

Application: No matter what happens in our lives, our future can also bring a different hope. Our past does not have to depict our future.

In Micah 7 the prophet finishes his book by declaring a hope in God that changes our situation. We do not have to stay in conflict with our enemies or in rebellion with God.

Our gracious Lord offers forgiveness and hope. All we have to do is reach out and accept it.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the change you offer each one of us. May we not be content with our status quo but strive to live for You. Amen.

What change are you anticipating for your future?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.