When a pilot learns to fly, one of the things he is taught early on is that he cannot depend on what he sees outside the cockpit window. It is easy to get confused in the clouds unless he trusts the instruments even when everything inside of him is telling him the opposite. He needs to look at the instruments in front of him and trust that what they are telling him is true, regardless of what he sees. He needs to look beyond the clouds!

In the same way, we are reminded that we should not lose heart when all we see around us is overwhelming and seems hopeless. It is exactly at that time that we have to remember that we are not without hope and that what God promises is true and trustworthy. We have an eternal hope that helps us navigate whatever we are facing in our lives. The best is yet to come.

In the early days following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, from a human perspective we heard that it was hopeless. The hundreds of thousands of soldiers massed at the borders would surely be guaranteed a speedy victory. Defeat seemed certain. But the world was shocked and surprised by what ensued.

In the midst of the battle, reports came out of believers being the hands and feet of Jesus, singing praises to God, holding onto the hope that was within, knowing that even in death, they would know what it means to achieve that eternal glory that is promised us. And so they continued to trust God, to look beyond the storm clouds of war, and trust what they knew was true.

As we are reminded in Romans 5:5, “Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” In a world without hope, we have the hope that God has given us. What is it that is robbing you of hope today? Are you lost in the clouds? Fix your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.

Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you that regardless of how hopeless my situation seems to be today, I am not alone. Not only are you here with me, but I can trust you and know that even now, you are at work. Help me to fix my eyes on you and see beyond the clouds. Fill my heart with hope today. Amen.

Throughout this Day: Sometimes in the midst of the challenges we face, it helps to meditate on a single verse. Today let that verse be Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Video of Ukrainians singing praises in a subway station:

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