Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Dangerous Thing

"Let me tell you something, hope is a dangerous thing. It can drive a man insane."
~ Red in The Shawshank Redemption

Yesterday I picked about 8 gallons of peas from my garden. To help pass the time while shelling them I watched the above movie for the first time.

It got me thinking about the first stirrings of hope in my life. Just over 20 years ago I reached out to God and asked for help. It felt like the biggest risk I'd ever taken. I remember wondering what would happen if God turned his back on me the first time I screwed up. Then where would I be? Hopeless.

I remember rising from my knees relieved that I no longer had to try and change on my own strength. I felt hopeful. No matter how badly I've screwed up since then, and there have been major screw ups galore, there also has been a glimmer of hope that change was possible. There have been prisons of my own making. There have also been chains broken by the grace of God.

For today I can do this.
Thankfully I don't have to do this alone.
Some days feel more hopeful than others.
Just a glimmer is enough for me.


Heidi Renee said...

wish I could have joined you, it's one of my favorite movies. you know how i love stephen king.

and hope, you have been known to drive a few men crazy! ha! ;p

Hope said...

Well, yes I have, haven't I? LOL!!