Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. I Peter 3:15 NIV

          Life happens to all of us. We lose a job, get a troubling report from the doctor, total our car in an accident … the list is endless. What should our response be? For many, the word ‘hope’ doesn’t come readily to mind! Despair is more like it. Right? And (we reason) who could blame us? We’ve suffered a setback.

          I don’t know about the ‘totalling a car’ scenario, but having been in the ‘losing a job’ scenario twice, I can truly say that God was faithful each time. In each case it was easy to see God’s hand in it almost from the start. I knew (or at least trusted) that He was in control and waited on His perfect timing to reveal His plan for me. The result? Exceeding, abundantly above all that I could ask or even think (Ephesians 3:20)!

          Perhaps, if ‘life’ is happening to you right now the outcome isn’t that obvious to you. That’s fair. But don’t take God out of the scenario. If you have entrusted your life into His care, be sure that He has your best interests at heart. And isn’t that reason enough to hope?

          Prayer Focus: Frequently, life just doesn’t make sense.  Help me to look to You instead for answers and trust in Your best plans for my life.

          Donna Nasko