Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Hope–that small word that keeps us going when things get rough. These are days like we’ve never seen before and sometimes, hope is hard to come by. But, just when we need it most, help comes. 

I love the Bible stories of encouragement and one of my favorites is found in II Samuel 9, the story of David and Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth, the man with the hard-to-pronounce name, was King Saul’s grandson, the child of David’s dear friend Jonathan. When David became king, King Saul’s relatives were afraid for their lives and went into hiding. Mephibosheth was a child at that time. His nurse grabbed him and hurried to take him to safety. But, because of her haste and fright, she dropped him, causing an injury that made him lame all of his life.

I can imagine that Mephibosheth grew to manhood, always looking behind him, fearful that he was going to be found and executed. He, the grandson of a king, was now reduced to a much more meager existence.

But, one day, King David asked about Jonathan’s family and heard of Mephibosheth. He remembered his friendship with Jonathan and wanted to do something for Jonathan’s son. So, Mephibosheth was brought to the palace and treated as royalty. He went from fear and seclusion to being a wealthy person, safe in his relationship to the king.

Just when our circumstances  seem dark and hopeless, help comes–sometimes out of the blue, in most unexpected ways. Clouds may cause the day to be dark, but somewhere out there, the sun is shining. Hope will get us through. Hope and faith, until help comes.



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