And so with these words, summer break ended and a new year began! The thing that washed over me as I let these words into my mind, heart and spirit was hope.
I may have been on a summer break, but the events of the world were not. I don’t know about you but for me some of these events were concerning, uncomfortable. Lifting my eyes up was essential in some of these moments.
The thing about lifting our eyes up is that we have to change the direction we are looking and this changes our focus.
Hope does this. It changes what we look at and what our eyes focus on. Hope is learned, hope is a function of struggle and “when we hope, it is an activity of the mind that changes the structure of our brain in a positive and NORMAL direction” says NeuroScientist Dr Caroline Leaf.
In other words, it is normal to hope! Our brains were created in a pattern of hope, wired to think, operate and function in hope. Hopelessness is abnormal to the structure of our brain.
Hope is connected to trust. God is all over this topic of trust in this epic season! What we trust directs our hope.
So may I invite you to join with me in going deeper in the normal-ness of hope as we surrender our trust to the one who is better than we think!
Lift your eyes to see, God is better than you think.