Wishes vs. True Hope

I’ve just come back from our walk with the dogs. As usual, I was looking out of the corner of my eye for something interesting to photograph with my phone – a bee or butterfly, an interesting looking flower. A dandelion at my feet caught my attention, mostly because half its fluffy seeds were, gone, as you can see from the photos. Didn’t you ever, as a child, like to carefully (so that the seeds didn’t fall off) pick a dandelion and blow the fluffy bits into the air, to make a wish?

The first thought that popped into my head was, “huh, if anyone wanted that one, that’s half its ‘wishes’ gone.”

Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a puff of wind took the rest of the seeds clean off and just the bare stem stood there.

Isn’t life so life that? The ‘wind’ picks up without warning – just like this current situation we find ourselves in – and we can find ourselves feeling stripped bare.

In that moment, I felt the Lord whisper these words into my heart, and today, if you are a child of God, they are for you too:
“Wishes are futile. YOUR life is built, not on wishes but on the solid hope of knowing me, the Lord your God. When the harsh winds of life come and blow away all your futile wishes, and other idols, I remain, steadfast and unchanging.”

Be blessed today, with His peace and His presence, and the knowledge that however strong the wind blows, your hope in Him can never be blown away.

Jill ❤️

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

7 thoughts on “Wishes vs. True Hope

  1. What a lovely piece of writing. If you don’t mind, I would like to point something out. What you blow into the air are dandelion seeds, not the pollen. The ‘parachutey’ end is what steers the seed to the ground where it may grow. That small fact doesn’t detract from your message though. I hope you didn’t mind me mentioning it.

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful glimpse into your day and the wisdom in it.
    Doesn’t the Lord often use simple things in His creation…”look at the ant”, “seeds fell on hard ground..”, “look at the fig tree”
    Thanks for sharing the dandelion! Press on dear sister!

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    1. Isn’t it lovely how He uses simple everyday things to teach us? In so many of Jesus’ parables too, He used ordinary things- the “birds of the air”, fish and fishing, stones ground versus fertile ground. Of course His written Word is the ultimate authority, but as He still speaks today, and as He’s the same “yesterday, today and forever”, my thinking is, why would He not still teach us in ways we can understand.


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