So another site that I really love to look at is Postsecret.com… I just think that the human condition is so evident in any of these secrets that are sent in and it is beautiful. I get so excited every Sunday to see the new postcards that have been posted! However, one particular one caught my eye this week.
On one side, this postcard says “I want to change the world one hug and smile at a time.” Maybe that’s really all we’re called to do as followers of Christ – to change this world by showing care and encouragement to the people around us.
The second side hit me like a slap across the face. See, I have an alternating relationship of gratitude and shame with my testimony. And by testimony, I mean semi-sordid and fairly pathetically dramatic life story that I have been oh so privileged to lead so far. I look back and reflect on my life and sometimes feel so defeated of whether or not God is actually going to use any of the hard stuff, the messy stuff, the brokenness for anything good. I hate telling people everything I’ve been through because I’m afraid they’ll just feel sorry for me. Or think of me differently. Or something. I love telling people everything I’ve been through because sometimes it’s nice to have the fact that I’ve made it through okay be acknowledged. It’s just a constant dialectic of love and hate, self-pity and victory, embarrassment and courage.
But it is this postcard, in the midst of all of my past junk, that stands out to me.
It reminds me that God is true to His promises. That He is faithful. That when He told Jeremiah in verse 29:11 that He still had a plan for His beloved people and hadn’t forgotten them, He wasn’t kidding.
To me, that is a glimpse of what HOPE is.