First Flowers and Wishful Thinking . . .

"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair." C S Lewis

Have you ever heard someone say, "Wishful thinking!"?

I know today I was out in the garden cutting roses. I had high hopes or WISHFUL THINKING of collecting a vase full for the weekend. I found two roses, one yellow one from our Orphan Rose that belonged to Terry's mom, and one red one from my JFK rose bush. I also cruised by the peach tree and last year we had hoped to have a few peaches but it was newly planted... wishful thinking...ahah, this year that tree is loaded with peaches.

Wishful thinking might be having the kitchen cabinets finished for Christmas this year… we started them last year at this time; and for Steve to return to finish the TV cabinet he started 15 months ago.

Hope is different.  Hope is seeing everything positive when so much might be wrong around you. Paul writes about hope in the bible. He recognizes the world as it is filled with pain and tragedy. That is part of reality and we have to acknowledge that fact. He declares that true hope can only come from a realistic view of the world, and this view is only possible through our faith in God.

Paul sums up by saying “we have our hope on the living God.” 1 Timothy 4:10  Our faith gives us hope. Our hope sees the activity of God all around us. Hebrews 11:1 tells us “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.

 Our hope lies in God. Wishful thinking does not. Only God can fulfill our needs. May God breathe into you the inspiration for positive life, wholeness and health. May He bless you with abundance and blessings. Our hope lies in Him.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6