Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mark 16:10-13 -- On Seriously Considering Hope

"And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them."
Mark 16:10-13

Sometimes we are like this, aren't we?  Something miraculous and good happens, but we refuse to believe it, still mentally trapped in the last bad thing, sometimes even missing amazing opportunities because we can't see past our negative filter and to the possibility of happiness.  Even if the news is that everything is okay again, we too often trust the bad over the good, the world over the Spirit.  I'm not saying there isn't a time to mourn, or that being sad is a sinful thing... but maybe we should make room for hope in our lives more often by listening to and considering the messages that the Spirit sends us of love and hope and goodness, rather than dismissing them as unrealistic or unlikely.  With God, we can be okay even in the midst of pain and tragedy, and if we stick with God and keep turning the pages, we will get to his promised happy ending.  Rather than disbelief when messages of hope come around, let's seriously consider hope.

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