and if it’s not at all what we hoped,
and if “we’re* not yet quite what we hoped,
and if life’s not unfolding to our Plan A
and if it’s not even close to Plan B
and if the diagnosis is not great
and if the forecast is not good
and if not… and if not… and if not…
*You still are.* You still are Good & You still are God.
And we will be the people who will still…
The people who will still rest in it & sing it into the dark:
“and if not — He is still Good. He is still God… so we can still & be & be at rest.” #HonestPrayers (Ann Voskamp)”
It’s more of that open-ended hope seems to be showing up everywhere these days.
This hope perseveres no matter what, even if my expectations don’t come to pass, because it knows God has something far better in store for those who keep believing.
I will hold on to hope because the God of all hope is holding on to me.