Hope - something else God spoke to me about when we were trying to get pregnant with Isaac. Sometimes we don't want to hope for something because it hurts to get disappointed. It's much easier to convince ourselves to forget about it or to say it won't happen for years and years or that it may never happen. We think we're protecting ourselves. But God tells us to hope. That's permission to dream, to imagine the best timing, the best situation, the best outcome after being disappointed before. Better and better and better.
Hebrews 6 speaks of what we hope for being fully realized. That's seeing God's best in every situation we encounter and in every person we cross paths with. Just imagine what that looks like. We think that as we hope and hope, we're getting too dreamy, too unrealistic but Hebrews 6:19 says quite the contrary - hope is an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
And this is what really gets me (verse 20) - this hope enters into the inner sanctuary, past the veil, where Jesus entered as a fore-runner for us. When we hope, we see into, and sit down in the very presence of God. That's the perspective (and reality) hope gives us!