Do you remember that TV classic, I Love Lucy, with Lucille Ball? Every episode had some wacky encounter between Lucy and her far more feet-on-the-ground husband, Ricky. One night he come homes, and he finds her in a frenzy, which was her usual state, looking for a lost earring in the living room. She is so frantic that, rather than ask questions, Ricky just immediately gets down on his hands and knees and helps her search. After a few minutes of not finding it, he asks, “Lucy, did you lose your earring in the living room?” She says, “No. I lost it in the bedroom, but the light is better in here.”
So often we look in all the wrong places to find guidance, wisdom, hope.
The Biblical story, from start to finish, is a story of hope. Over and over again, from Exodus to those often-confused disciples, Scripture teaches us to look in the right place—to look to the Lord instead of to the world around us—to find hope in the hard times.
This is a very hard time in history. And it is easy to lose hope. Some days, I wake up eager and expectant for the day, and then remember—oh yeah, Covid—and sink back down under the covers. But even in these difficult days, we can find in hope in knowing that Jesus is with us, right here and right now, in the darkest valleys.
So I find myself drawn to the Apostle Paul’s call to not only those Roman believers, but us today: “Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. “ (Romans 12)
May that be our prayer.