One of the great things about my job as an RA is having weekly one-on-one time with my RD. (In college lingo, an RA is a resident assistant and the RD is the Resident director.. aka my boss). We use this time to discuss reslife “business” but it’s mainly a time for reflection and mentorship. While this meeting looks different every week, more often than not it involves a cozy coffee shop and honest conversation.
During my past one-on-one, our chatting happened upon the idea of hope. I have a lot of hopes for my college career, for my floor, for my friendships, for life after school, for Spring.. heck, I even have hopes for finishing my homework by the end of the weekend. But recently, I’ve been barraged with countless reminders about where my hope should really lie.
Put your hope in God (Psalm 42:5).. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD (Psalm 31:24).. We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you ( Psalm 33: 20, 22).. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23)
Etc. Etc… But what does this mean?
I think it means that above all, my hope must be in God.. in His steadfastness, His unfailing love, His constancy, His wisdom. When my hope is firmly there, it is then that I can hope in other things. I hope, in the Lord, for ________. Fill in the blank. And regardless of how the latter pans out, my hope, which was first and foremost in God, will be secure. Will such a hope every prove to be in vain? Nope. I don’t see how it could.
And this, I believe, is how “hope will not disappoint us” (Romans 5:5).