We sit in groups of seven, and go around the circle one-by-one, naming the strengths we see in one another. We recall examples to affirm each other in the unique gifts that we’ve offered the class.
Yet as I drive home from this Dale Carnegie class Wednesday night, my head spins. My classmates see me as confident in myself; someone even says I’m a charismatic presenter. They say my smile brightens the room and that my positivity is contagious.
Then why when I am alone do I fear failure? Why am I not confident in knowing what next steps to take with my business, my small group, my days? The tires rumble on the quiet highway, and I ask these questions to God.
When I get home, I tell John my heart, my thoughts. He encourages me that when he sees me coaching, presenting, leading groups that I am alive and in my element. He says that I can live into this confidence to be bold in my business and my decisions. He lives out what Bob Goff said in a talk we heard recently: affirm others in who they’re becoming.
This is hope: the becoming.
When we long for something or when our strength fails us, we remember: “But for you, O Lord, do I wait, it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer” (Psalm 138). He daily gives us new mercies, and we are continually being made new too. When we wait on the Lord and draw near to Him, we are becoming more like He intended us to be.
When the crowds fade away and you sit in the quiet, what do you hear? What does your heart speak to you? Is it the truth? We are told, “It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentations 3:26). In the waiting, we have the hope of redemption and being made new.
Let this be the hope that crowds your heart.