Puppies have so much to learn in a short amount of time. They grow up in a few months instead of over many years like humans.
The owner of this puppy is teaching him how to trust. At first, the puppy is confused by what the owner wants him to do. It looks as if his master is asking him to jump and fall from a high place. Only the master knows that he plans to catch his puppy.
Did you notice how the puppy jumped without hesitation the second time? By that point he knew his master would catch him. He knew he would be safe.
How do you use the word “hope?” Perhaps you use it this way:
“I hope we are having pizza for supper!”
“I hope I get an A on my spelling test!”
“I hope Grandma and Grandpa are coming to visit!”
This kind of hope means you do not know for sure, but you want to believe it is true. It is a kind of hope where you cross your fingers and then, wait and see.
This is not the kind of hope the Bible talks about.
We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5: 2b ESV)
God is our Master and we know for sure that He loves us and wants what is best for us. We know for sure that Jesus died and rose again to take away our sins. We know for sure that we are God’s children through our Baptism and heaven awaits us when we die.
We do not have to cross our fingers to hope. We know this hope is true.
This kind of hope helps to make us brave when God asks us to do scary things like tell a friend about Jesus. We know that we are loved. We know that we are safe. We know that God works in us.
We have hope.
How can God help you be brave this week?