Hope Unseen

At the first sign of spring this year, my roommate and I hurried to a greenhouse on our day off. We filled a cart with potted plants, a citronella candle, and several packs of seeds. We spent the rest of the day tackling an overgrown garden bed in the backyard, prepping the soil for its newest inhabitants. By late afternoon, my roommate carefully hid the seeds into a nest of soil. Now we would wait, placing our hope in the tiny seeds to take root and grow. 

Our sight is not everything, but vision certainly plays a significant role in how we connect with the world. Perhaps out of sight can morph into out of mind (i.e., I am not in charge of watering at our house!). Things unseen can come across as allusive and unreliable. However, like seeds in a garden, unseen does not always mean dead.

Peter writes his letter to the elect exiles from the perspective of a man who lived and worked side by side with Jesus. “Though you have not seen him, you love him,” he writes. “Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9). This type of faith distinguishes Christianity from all other religions, a faith which places hope in the living, unseen God.  

Our faith has an outcome--the salvation of our souls. Romans 8:24-25 states, “In this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?”  

When the seeds in our garden surfaced, I no longer hoped they would break ground. The result was already achieved. We await our reward in heaven with patience, rejoicing with inexpressible joy. We rejoice in a hope that reaches out to a hurting world. We rejoice in a hope that lives when the world around us perishes. We rejoice in hope that guarantees an everlasting inheritance. We rejoice in a hope that rebuilds from the ashes. We rejoice in a hope unseen.

By Bethany Taylor






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