HOPE

contentment

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”  Psalms 31:24 NIV

We had dreamed of moving to Texas for a long time. The military base where I worked was being closed, and my job would be ending. I was following through with two excellent leads, and had an interview and a physical exam. But for some reason, God
had other plans. We moved to upstate New York.

We were far from our children, family, and friends. It was very difficult for us to fit into a church where we felt comfortable. We were terribly lonely. And I was not happy with the location that God had set us in. Then in my devotion I read,

“I have learned to be
content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11 NIV.

I realized that in God, I could be content, no matter what location I was in. And in Him, I had hope.

About a week later, we were asked to share a devotional with the residence of a senior citizen’s home on Sunday afternoon. We decided to share this scripture in hopes of encouraging the residence. The rewards were ours. The following Wednesday, we
received word that I had received a promotion, and we would be moving to Dallas.

The old church hymn Solid Rock goes:

“My hope is built on nothing less that Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’
name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”