Fearless Hope

With two of my closest friends beside me, I sat on a coarsely cracked salt flat.  Together we stared into the desert.  We were each in different deserts of our own, mourning and striving and longing under the weight and disappointment of unanswered prayers.  I wonder now if God had taken care to bring all of us to that sacred place that felt so other-worldly, if only to remind us that He is God of the desert.

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These friends are the precious kind with whom I could think aloud.  Over the years they had listened in silence and compassion to my ideas and experiences and also to deep groans of my soul.  In unashamed honesty I asked them, “What is the point of hope?”

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Inside my head this question had spun around in knots.  I was too old to be satisfied with swirly fonts or flowery bible verses that turned hope into a slogan.  My hope in God had grown battle weary.  I needed to relearn what trusting God looked like in my daily life and in my daily prayers.

Fearless friends fight alongside one another when our souls go to war.  We keep one another focused, point to truth, and remind each other how far we’ve come and that it’s worth it to press forward.  Friends can be so much more than entertainment on playdates, real friends can change the arc of how you experience life and even the way you view God.

Fearless friends not only hold out our desires before each other, but carry our most fragile dreams together, hoping for good things with great expectation.  We stare at a barren desert and remind one another who God is.

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth.  Do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the dessert. – Isaiah 43:18-19

God is doing a new thing in your life, can you see it?  He is making you fearless and unashamed.

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Fearless Hearts in Action: An invitation to invest 15 minutes in yourself on your journey to Fearless Friendship

  • What are you hoping will happen in the next 6 months?
  • Tell God about it.  Write it in a journal or on a scrap of paper and date it.
  • Ask God to change you, your circumstances, or help you make things happen.  If you are really feeling fearless, ask him if he has other plans and then listen closely.
  • Share your dreams and goals with a good friend, taking time to listen to her hopes as well.
  • Pray together for one another.
  • Keep track of progress, God’s voice, and his goodness in each other’s lives as your hopes play out.
  • Pray, pray, pray.
  • As you pray, may God’s presence make you unafraid and unashamed.  May your prayer buddy become a soul companion.  May your hopes bring you closer to each other and the one who designed your hearts.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord! -Psalm 27:13-14

*Today concludes our 5 part conversation on Fearless Friendship.  Thanks for joining us!  May this be the beginning of a beautiful journey you do not take alone.

(These pictures were all taken in Death Valley National Park)

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