Wait with God in hope

waiting-sunsetAloha! Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I wake up to the sound of the surf outside my open window. The sound stirs a dream within me of a massive, beautiful wave rolling out in the deep blue ocean more than a hundred miles out to sea. I always hope that I have an appointment with that wave in the coming day.

There is a longing in all of us for that perfect wave, that perfect free-throw shot, that perfect long pass, or the perfect diffusion of light as the sunset shines through a breaking wave. There is something in humanity that is drawn to the beauty of perfection and a desire to be one with it.

This is hope. While fortitude is like a full back lowering his head, and digging in and pressing through the tackles, hope is like a wide receiver breaking into the open with his arms extended and looking up. Hope smiles back at God.

This is our hope – that as we turn to God he will meet us here in our lives today, for God is never far. He is as close as the next breath. Hope is the wellspring in us that desires happiness. It is OK to want to be happy. God placed that desire in us. Ultimately that desire leads us to God.

The best way to keep our hope alive and active is to have daily times of prayer and meditation on his Word and practice faithful reception of the sacraments. Turn your face to the sea by praying the Liturgy of the Hours, meditating on the Word, or praying the rosary. Many people find a deep encounter in the presence of Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and divinity – all present in the Eucharist. It is through these acts – prayer, reading the Scriptures, and the sacraments – that our hope is renewed.

As we wait and hope on the Lord, he is already changing us. We have no idea what great things God is doing below the surface, but we know he is working. We may not see it now, but some day it will be revealed. So, let us wait with him in hope.

Viva Cristo Rey!