Her Name Was Hope
How could the giver of the name have known that HOPE was what she would most need? When the baby girl was snatched out of her hands in the fire, despair could have easily overcome. But instead she lifted her eyes with HOPE. She saw beyond. When I arrived 7 years later to that day, I received her name. Leila Hope- a reminder of the One who beckoned from beyond this world, the One who holds HOPE in his hands.
My name is HOPE. I lift my eyes to look far past this life. Because if in Christ I have HOPE in this life only, I am of all people most to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19).
When my eyes fall to this world I fear.
When I tire of lifting my head, the doubt comes tumbling in.
If all I see is my circumstances, I despair.
It’s when my focus sets on this life that I am consumed by anxiety.
I want HOPE to well up in me until it spills over, splashing everyone around me. When I trust the One who quiets my soul, HOPE overflows.
“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.” Romans 15:13