According to God’s promise, we are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found by him in peace- pure and faultless. . . Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom belongs glory now and forever. -2 Peter 3:13-14, 18
I was getting sweet tea at McAlister’s when I noticed the beautiful eyes of the cashier. She’d swooped on a thick line of purple eyeliner that went all the way out beyond her lashes to tip up onto her brow ever so slightly. I told her she had beautiful eyes, and that purple was our color at church right now. “Oh?” she asked, perhaps a bit incredulously. Then I noticed it. She was working on getting sleeves, tattoos that ran all the way up both arms. She had a new one, on her right forearm. And it said, “Hope Anchors the Soul.”
“Your tattoo is stunning. Could I take a picture of it?” I asked. Now she brightened up. “I just got it. What do you think? It still itches like crazy.” I sympathized with her. Then I asked, “Why did you choose something about hope?” She said everyone thinks of her as an optimistic person, that she likes to look on the bright side of things. It’s not because life has been easy for her, she just has found that eventually good things happen. In the meantime, she gets tattoos to keep focused on what she believes.
“And when it itches it reminds you, hope is hard but it’s worth having!” I said. “True,” she said. “Here’s your tea.”
Do whatever you need to do to keep hope- tattoo it on- or at least write it in your mind and heart. While we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ anew, make every effort- keep working at it!- to grow more and more hopeful that a new world is around the bend. One where God’s promises are palpably fulfilled. Until then, let us itch for hope, yearn for it, like an itch that won’t be scratched until Christ returns again.