GodReflection: A Secure Grip On Hope.
I find inspiration for this short series of posts from the life of Dr. Owen E. Puckett, my great uncle born in 1875, of Arkansas origin. Already an established physician, he set out in the company of five brothers in 1915, with the dream to build a ranch near the village of Hope in the newly opened state of New Mexico.
With a certain awareness of his person and work; I second guess the good doctor. I suspect his vision was a means to sustain his life’s mission as a medical doctor. Then the wheels feel off.
For no apparent reason, after ten successful years, the clear stream that fed the ranch lands and orchards went underground to cut the Puckett Brother’s Ranch in Hope, New Mexico, from its water supply. As hope for the ranch died, He moved sixty miles south to the town of Carlsbad as a fulltime health official for Eddy County.
Dr. Puckett was family and a member of our church in my early years. He stood out as a role model for a young boy. He not only reflected hope, but he was the picture of two related words—trust and faith. In hindsight we saw Jesus through him.
My last post attempted to make the case for hope as essential to get us through the darts thrown at us and over the daily obstacles that threaten to derail us.
In today’s post my purpose is to explore two strong correlations. For me each is no less than a synonym. They are stout words that grow across my life’s walk. I see trust and faith as synonymous with hope, yet in addition they validate my hope.
To apply somewhat differently the statement from the Wisdom Literature, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12), I see the Solomon principle as glue to bind hope, trust, and faith. Together as a whole, these three-bound-synonyms create the strength and endurance required to walk successfully through life on planet earth. A life that includes the three is not easily broken.
Trust is an undeserved gift that came my way through parents, family, and my childhood church. It was grafted into my soul from the integrity I witnessed among those who shaped my life. I count it as one of the top tier gifts that allow me to walk with confidence toward the new creation.
Trust comes in small steps. I find it grows from a lifetime of validation of God’s work within and beyond my wiring. In my own attempt to walk with the Holy, the word trust is a highly valued asset. I claim it to be one of a handful of my strongest words. It is what I most need to be able to take the next step that life requires. It is glued tightly with hope.
My third synonym bound together with hope and trust is faith. In the Gospels we find each person who makes a request of Jesus is rewarded due to their faith. It is a picture of people who express hope and trust with faith.
Paul ask Jesus followers to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). And the Hebrew preacher defines faith as confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:3). He adds that our faith comes as we fix our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of faith (12:2).
What have I overlooked? What would you add to this post? Do you see hope, trust, and faith, as synonyms? How important is one or all in your daily walk? I would love to hear from you.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
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