WHEN YOUR HOPE IS ALIVE [1]During my secondary school days, one of the subjects I really enjoyed, and would not miss a class for anything, was Biology. At that time I was still struggling to cope with my education, as I dint catch up quickly, because of my background. Then I loved this subject so much, because it didn’t have much to do with calculations or equations, on like Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, sounds funny; but that’s just the truth. I just liked listening to the stories, as I learned new things about living things, their structures, functions, and their taxonomies. One of the topics in this subject I became very familiar with was, “The seven characteristics of living things.” I remember every one of them vividly. Though characteristics speaks of the distinguishing features, traits, attributes, or qualities belonging typically to a thing, it also speaks of proofs, marks or signs, it connotes evidence. Everything that claim’s to be alive must have some forms of proofs, marks, signs or evidences.

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.”

— Samuel Smiles

I think there is a practical lesson we can learn from this, as we relate it with the issue of keeping one’s hope alive. Just like living things, a lively hope has Proofs and evidences, it has marks and sings. So then, what are the practical proofs or evidence to ascertain, if one’s hope is alive? In that marriage or relationship, how would you know if hope is still alive?.

The account of the woman with an issue of blood Mark gave in his gospel, captures this truth in an obvious manner, for a clearer understanding let’s look at that scripture. “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Mark 5:25-34.





To be continued!

©George Ifeanyi April 2017

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