A Simple Bit of Hope…

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life                                                                                                                      Proverbs 13:12

As some of my readers know, I have a small pond in my back yard. It has a simple, small waterfall which provides nice sound for the days when we can sit on the patio and enjoy it. The pond is populated by at least one fish (who has called it home for about 6 years now), two frogs, at least two snakes (hence, only one surviving fish), and numerous plants including beautiful water lilies.

The pond is a simple pleasure of mine. This year, I found myself deciding not to turn around the pump so that the water circulates only internally. I had always done that to make sure that the living critters have enough oxygen supply, even if part of the pond were to freeze over. This year, I decided to keep the waterfall flowing. I wasn’t even sure why I did that- until a week or so ago when it became clear. This year, I did not want winter to take something away from me.

This year, I wanted to be able to look out and see the waterfall. It has become a little sign of resilience and hope. This winter, the pond will still show life, even though the fish stays deep on the bottom, waiting out the cold weather until spring; even though the greenery is not green; even though the frogs are nowhere to be seen. My waterfall persists.

Yes, I did have to get a little floating heater in the event things get REALLY cold, and yes, I have had to use it twice so far. But I am feeling pretty good about my decision to defy winter this year. This year, more than any I can ever remember, we need all the little signs of hope we can get.

My question to you, dear readers is this- what are the little things you are doing to remind yourself of the hope that we need to weather (pardon the pun) the current situations we face? Find those little oases of hope and remind yourself,

“It’s gonna be OK!”    

Love to all, readers! Keep up your hope!

Prayer: Lord, you give us the gift of hope, especially by your presence. Help us to remind ourselves of that hope daily, Amen

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