“Imagine your master walking to you one early morning, before the sun has even peeked through the horizon, with a face that shows no joy, nothing but sadness written on his face. He holds a short chain in his hands, after all, that is all he can afford, he takes it and locks in on your collar. You think this is one of your regular morning walks, yet there is an nudge in your heart that tells you this will be a different day, a day like no other, but you refuse to believe it. “We’re going for a walk, we’re going for a walk” you tell yourself, but when your master walks you to a different route, your heart begins to sink. You’re confused, you’ve never seen this place before, this is unknown territory! He slowly walks you to a tree, not a tall nor strong one, it doesn’t even provide enough of a shade, and as he ties the rest of the chain around that little tree, he whispers word of apologies, you swear you see a tear or two falling down his face. After all, you were all he had for the past few years. He’s seen and fed you since you first saw daylight, since you gave your first yelp and learnt your first trick or two.
Then it strikes you! This will be your last glimpse of your provider, your master! You quickly whine for him to stop, you know that whine always tugs at his heart… but it doesn’t this time. As he turns to walk away, you watch him leave until he disappears around the corner. You could still smell him though, and every part of you yearns that he turns back and quickly rescues you from this unknown place. Time ticks by, the sun inches up, calling everyone to rise to a beautiful morning.. but this is not a beautiful day to you, you just lost the place you called home”
That was when she came into our lives. On our way to church after a hearty breakfast, we saw a dog tied to the tree outside our church. She was really quiet, didn’t make a sound at all and she just looked at us, intensely watching and hearing us. Maybe her owner left her here while he’s gone to do something important? Maybe he’ll come back and get her once he’s done with his errands? What do we do with her?
Anyway, to cut the long story shorter, the day ended with nobody coming to claim her, we decided to keep her in the compound for the night, after a good scrub and dinner, of course. Little did I know that she will soon become part of the family. When you’ve given something a name, it is a sign of attachment, of belonging – we called her Hope, a name indeed so suitable for her.
Hope – NOUN:
- A wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment.
- Something that is hoped for or desired:
- One that is a source of or reason for hope:
- often Hope Christianity The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.
- Archaic Trust; confidence.
She had hopes for a new home after being abandoned, she found it.. and like many of us, we all long for a hope to cling on to, a hope that doesn’t disappoint us, not a false hope, not a small hope, but a big and sure one. I’d like to show you Romans 5:1-11
Peace and Joy
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wehave peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And werejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but wealso rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Y’see I have a hope of a better home, a bigger, much better place, because of my new Master, like Hope, my hope is in Jesus my Lord. I trust and have confidence that I will live forever with Him in heaven, and it is something I truly desire, to just dwell in His presence, to no longer feel the disappointments and sorrow and loneliness of this world, but to be with the One who does not forsake us, who will never leave us, who loves us more than we can imagine and in fact, died for us so we can live with Him.
If you believe in Him, you can have that hope too.