Steph and I made a visit the Morton Arboretum in late April. Usually it is great exercise with great company, but this time we decided to make it a slow drive through both sides of the park to see all the flowering trees.
This tree was past its prime obviously. But it had its own attraction. On the side of the road on the east loop at the Arboretum, I was sure it was the home of a whole Raccoon family. I was disappointed to not find anything when I stepped out of the car and snapped this photo with my phone.
Cool picture but a slightly disappointing experience.
Life can be like that some time. We get our hopes up for one thing and our hope isn’t realized. Disappointment can range from mild and easy to bounce back from to darkness boarding the nether regions of despair.
But Gospel hope does not disappoint. Its foundations are sunk deep in the eternal counsels of our God and Savior’s love and righteousness.
Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Center your hope in the Gospel and the Gospel’s God. You will never, for all eternity, be disappointed in hope placed there.