Great Expectations at Hope’s End – A One Word 365 Post

Remember when

in your youth,

each day was fresh

with no mistakes

and no consequences?

Only dreams waiting to be captured.

And every day was rosy,

full of life

the way a florist shop smells green

and greener.

Then disappointment comes…

but not enough to kill your

Great Expectations!

You won’t be so easily discouraged!

and time passes and another comes…

and you smile and say,

“If at first I don’t succeed,

I’ll try, try again.”

Then life starts to happen.

and one day bleeds into the next

with the blood of murdered hopes and dreams.

Twenty comes and goes

with extra tiny fingers and toes,

and Cheerios in places you never thought you’d see them.

Thirty comes and goes

with extra pounds and rolls,

and your jeans create a nuclear mushroom from your belly.

Now at forty, panic strikes! You realize that

those things youth loftily planned

are out of reach and out of hand.

But then…

Jesus  poured out His hopes and dreams

of a long life well-lived

as a drink offering

for a blood thirsty ground.

His dreams in exchange

for the dreams of others.

And you realize that all is not lost,

because you’ve made beds and sack lunches

paving the way for those you love

to accomplish God things.

God whispers in your ear.

“Will you hope in Me now?

now that you have spent yours?

Now that your pride and confidence

in your own goals

have fallen like Babel?

Will you let Me create in you

an expectation anew?

A fresh future full of Me

now that there is less of you?”

Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal. John 12:24-25 Message

It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, I Peter 1:3

We all arrive at your doorstep sooner
or later, loaded with guilt,
Our sins too much for us—
but you get rid of them once and for all.
Blessed are the chosen! Blessed the guest
at home in your place!
We expect our fill of good things
in your house, your heavenly manse.

Psalm 65 Message

I shared this with d’Verse Poets

Counting gifts with Ann:

117.  Glitter in old lady’s hair

118.  Friends who think that I can do anything.

119.  For great priceless treasure in my home…

120.  A child’s laughter his delight in simply taking another breath.

121.  A task completed. 

122.  The perfect fast breaker! 

123.  Seeing God everywhere!
Sharing with Michelle:

…sharing a playdate with Laura:

….finding heaven with Jen:

…hanging out with L.L.: On In Around button

30 thoughts on “Great Expectations at Hope’s End – A One Word 365 Post

  1. there was something in every line here that resonated. related to. you hit it square on.
    yes, that’s where i’m living now, each and every day. with a new understanding and a greater appreciation for His love for me.
    makes me want to shout “freedom!” from the rooftops, head flung back, arms raised in victory.
    i am His, and He is mine. forever.
    it is the sweet spot to be.
    thanks for reminding me of that this day, for the clouds of life sometimes cover the perspective.
    have a great week!

  2. I really needed to hear “now we live with great expectation”. When your journey has been long and arduous, we all are need of a refreshment of our souls with great expectation. Thank you for the spoken words of wisdom.

  3. great post…looking for Him in every season…expectantly living in Hope:)
    Blessings as we look with expectant hearts:)

  4. I sensed a Voskamp feel to this before I reached the end. Jesus hangs onto our hope when we have spent it all. Nice.

    “jeans create a nuclear mushroom from your belly.” That is funny!

    • I don’t know that I have ever received a bigger compliment. I love Ann’s writing. I have always wrote stream of conscious, and thought I was crazy until I read her stuff…Thanks!

  5. Whew…this struck me: “Will you hope in Me now?

    now that you have spent yours?”

    Oh man. Oh man. Oh man. That is all I can formulate at the moment.

  6. First…that picture tickles to no end. Cheerios in places you never thought, indeed :). Life is the ever roller-coaster ride, isn’t it? But the great thing? With God, we can lift our hands and squeal in delight. If I can just keep my mind off those dips and dives, that is :).
    Love this one, K.

  7. As I will turn 50 this year, this is especially poignant for me to read. {pausing to let it soak…} “Will you let Me create in you an expectation anew?” I do want to let him…

    • Thank you Kathleen! I am glad it brought you hope and life. Sometimes when we are at the end of our own hopes life can look very bleak. But my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

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