So... You know how you can read something and it really seems simple but profound? Your mind goes "a-ha!" and it feels like you're not quite so dense? I had one of those moments...
I was reading early one morning from the book "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young (her books are tremendously popular... get one!) and came across this description of hope:
In some ways, hope is like a hot-air balloon. It is very buoyant, so it can lift you up above your troubles. It enables you to soar in the heavens with Me (Jesus) - helping you see things from a heightened, big-picture perspective.
What a vivid mental picture!
We Christians ought to be bursting at the seams with hope, our attitudes up-lifted and soaring in the heavens because...
The Bible is chock-full of hope-filled promises seen and unseen... some for now and some for later. All these promises are from a heavenly Father Who has told us in His Word that it is impossible for Him to lie.
But here's the kicker: (and I quote)
To embark on this heavenly journey, you must climb into the basket beneath the balloon - by trusting fully that your hope in Me (Jesus) will not let you down.
For hope to power-up your thoughts, you must trust.
Just as you can't go for a hot air balloon ride without climbing in the basket, it's trust that allows hope.
Trust Jesus. He's a 'basket' into which you can climb...