We have a spare bedroom in our small cottage that we have turned into a prayer room. It is a room that will someday host the fulfillment of promise that the Lord has spoken over us. This room is actually my favorite room in our cottage – there are windows covering two of the four walls, it is the lightest and brightest room in the home, and it is bathed in prayers, tears, worship and the Presence of God.
When I start to feel my hope fade, I find myself on the floor in this particular room where Jesus never fails to meet me there.
A few months ago as I was raising the blinds to let the sunlight pour in, my eyes caught a little painting in the window that simply says, “HOPE.”
This painting has graced our window-sill for so long that I had actually forgotten it was there.
But for some reason this particular day it caught my attention.
As I focused my eyes on the word hope, I heard Holy Spirit whisper to my heart: “I am raising the blinds on HOPE in the life of My people!” Within a few seconds the sun burst from behind the clouds and a stream of gorgeous sunlight came through the window and filled the room around me.
The Lord knows all things, and He knew that I needed this little kiss from Heaven this very day.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12, NASB).
We understand that trees grow with sunlight, and all plants need light to produce life. The Lord showed me that there are many hearts in this season, mine included at times, that have felt like hope has been deferred – that the “blinds” have been pulled down over our desires and promises and at times it feels difficult to see the light.
The wait has not always been easy, and for many people, the past few seasons have felt as if the waiting room was a very dark room with blinds drawn. Yet if you look carefully, when the blinds are drawn in a room while the sun is out, the room is not completely dark because a small amount of light can still seep through even if the blinds are closed.
God showed me that there has been enough “light” for hope to remain in hearts, but for many people hope has not burned as brightly as it once did.
Here’s the good news: God ALWAYS comes through. “Hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5), so take courage, God is raising the blinds! Hope WILL shine forth again!
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NASB).
Holy Spirit also challenged me in my little prayer room that day. He reminded me that all He has ever asked of me was just to BELIEVE Him.
Numbers 23:19 says that God is not a man who lies, and He always keeps His promises. He never, EVER, changes His mind.
God never changes. He is trustworthy – and all I must do is keep believing. If God made a promise, He will always fulfill it.
He is the God of hope, and He will indeed raise the blinds on hope.
My job is simply to believe Him, and with my belief will come great joy and peace.
I cannot afford to listen to and engage with any other voice than that of Holy Spirit in this season.
Let’s allow Holy Spirit to remind us how faithful God has been in the past.
If you allow Him, He desires to raise the blinds on hope!!!!!!!!! You will again ABOUND in hope! Thank you, Holy Spirit!
~ Mandy Woodhouse