Buoyed by Hope, Saved by Christ

Buoyed by Hope, Saved by  ChristI wait in hope for your salvation, God. —Genesis 49:18 MSG

When Ms. Reality Check comes rapping at my heart’s door, I find her too blunt. (“Yes, that does make your butt look big!”) What she says is truth, which is sometimes brutal and hard to bear. (It might do her—and us—good if she would dip her insights into mercy’s pool before wrapping us up in them.)

Some of us answer, “I knew life wouldn’t be perfect, but I thought it would be easier than this.” We’re told repeatedly in Scripture to prepare for hardships, so why do we believe our lives should be characterized by ease? Do you think it might be the hope of heaven within us that makes us willing to risk expecting the best? Or is it fantasy? Or denial? My best guess is that we flutter about like a butterfly to the flowers of hope, fantasy, and denial, depending on the situation and our ability to bear it.

Hope is a buoy to help keep our heads above the waterline of reality. Yet when we depend on it to be our protection against difficulties, we deflate it, and hope becomes a weighted sinker that drags down our faith. Hope doesn’t announce that life is safe and therefore we will be safe; instead, it whispers that Christ is our safety in the midst of harsh reality, heartbreak, and disappointment. In his presence, we experience his tender mercies and care for our bruised emotions.

From Daily Gifts of Grace ©2012 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


  1. 2 years ago
    Marcia Pauley says

    FANTISTIC! Love Patsy Clairmont…she speaks it or writes it like it is!

  2. 2 years ago
    Stephanie S. says

    This was a really great article and made me do a lot of thinking. I think that we believe our lives should be characterized by ease because of a mix of hope of heaven and fantasy. Your statement that “hope is a buoy to help keep our heads above the waterline of reality” is really powerful. I definitely agree that we shouldn’t completely rely on hope because it will eventually take us away from our faith.

  3. 2 years ago
    onesmo batume says

    thanks nothing more to add.

  4. Great piece, Patsy. Bad times do occur and there’s no “magic” way to prevent them or erase them. We can accept that life isn’t perfect and wait for better times with patient hope. .

  5. 2 years ago
    sheree says

    awesome article! I love how you said “Hope is a buoy to help keep our heads above the waterline of reality.” That is so true Jesus Christ should be our safety and shield in life in all do.

    God Bless.