Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic
You have probably heard the phrase “Hopeless Romantic” in your life a time or two. I don’t know about you but I am a firm believer that fairy tales do exist! There must be such a thing as a happily ever after or else we wouldn’t try our hardest to pursue it right? When I think about a “Hopeless Romantic,” I think about a desire to have a romantic relationship, but could it be we are placing our hope in the wrong thing?
The definition of hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. So to hope for something would mean that you do not possess the thing that you wish to have. Romans 8:24-25 says this: “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Hope means you may not be able to physically see the desire of your heart but you believe that it does exist because you can see it in faith.
So now that we have discussed the topic of hope, let us deal with the romantic piece. Romance is a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love or a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life. Both hope and romance deal with our feelings. I think it’s safe to say that we all desire to be loved or to be the giver of love. After all love is not really love until you give it away. We learned this from God our Father who is the author of love, when he gave us his son as an offering of his unconditional love. There is no greater love than a man that would lay down his life for you and I’m not talking about a day to day Joe Smoe either.
We have hope because God gave it to us. We have love because God gave it to us. We don’t have to be hopeless romantics but hopeful romantics because that’s just what we are, hopeful. The reason we have the desire to love is because God put it there in the first place, and I believe if he put it there he has every intention on fulfilling that desire, if we delight ourselves in him. I’m hopeful that you will be encouraged and know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Prayer of Love and Hope:
Dear Father we thank you for giving us a hope and a future in you. Lord we love you because you first loved us. We thank you that we place our confidence in you knowing that you are our ultimate source of hope. We ask you Lord to make our hope full and we will make every attempt to keep ourselves in your perfect love. Lord we thank you that your love is a gift and we want to see the plan that you have for our lives unfold right before our very eyes. So we thank you for meeting all of our needs according to your riches in glory, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.