Less than two months ago I was standing in DFW airport with tears streaming down my face begging and bribing two little boys to keep going. They weren't buying it, and neither was I. We all knew the truth at that point. There was no hope of getting home that night. We had had great flights. No meltdowns. Good food, hot chocolate, and an easy layover. But right there in that moment, we collectively knew how far we had traveled didn't really matter because we weren't getting home that night. My mom met us at a hotel, got us some dinner, and helped me get everyone into bed. We slept very little that night in strange hotel room with tears still in our eyes as our heads hit the pillows.
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;great is your faithfulness."
We dragged our exhausted selves out of bed and headed back to the airport where we had wondered around with crushed dreams just a few hours before.
We were tired. The lines were long. The gate changed three times. Milk was spilt. At least four times someone needed to go to the bathroom while we were trying to find a new gate.
One of those times a lady stopped me.
"You are doing such a great job, look at how patient you are, I don't think I've ever seen kids fly that are so happy."
And it was true. I've had bad parenting days and good ones. Most days are a toss up. My kids have bad days and good day and you never know which one is going to strike.
But we were ON that weary morning.
Why? What changed?
We had Hope.
We had hope of going home.
"Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
This time we knew we were going to make it.
Hope changes everything.
What if we lived like we knew that was true? What if we lived like we knew we were going to make it home? Whether we had seven minutes left of seventy years. Whether we were on a transatlantic trek or an across state hop. Would the little irritations melt away? Would our focus clear? Would we be more patient? Kinder?
"To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
The hope of glory.
The Hope of Glory.
Christ in you.
That's what I'm going to live for today. That is where I'm going to focus today? Anybody want to join me?