Hindsight is 20/20 right? When we look back at life’s experiences from a distance, it seems like we have giant, clear eyeballs from Ben Stein’s Clear Eyes commercials to easily see life’s secret treasure map. Think of the last time you had a tough conversation—good or bad—with someone or a group of people. What did you do for the next, hour, day, week or maybe even longer? If you’re like most of us, you’ve replayed that conversation in various imaginary versions (some of them quite entertaining) in your mind to the point that you figured out all the right things you should have said. You looked back with clear eyes and then you could see: X marks the spot.
Seeing ahead simply isn’t the same as seeing behind. In our cars, we have a giant windshield to see everything in front of us and tiny mirrors to see behind us. Why? Well, maybe because seeing stuff flying at you at 70 mph is harder (and more important) than seeing it moving away from you. When we look back at Convoy of Hope’s first 20 years as an organization, we see an obvious road that we’ve been on to get where we’re at, but along the way it probably wasn’t always that way. On the first day that Hal Donaldson started bringing groceries to migrant workers out of the back of a pick-up, he probably wasn’t thinking, “I bet 20 years from now we’ll have a social media hipster who writes blog posts about hope.”
What can you see when you look ahead at your life? Maybe—if you’re normal—you see roadblocks, drop offs, fog, unidentified flying objects, pedestrians and hit-a-road-worker-go-to-jail signs? Maybe it’s too hard for you to see beyond something that’s glaring in your rear-view mirror?
This is the third post in a series of blog posts intended at discovering the realities of HOPE. If you’ve been reading along, you’ve noticed that we’re mostly asking you questions. Why? Because we want you to experience the hope that we have for yourself. If you like what you’re reading, catch up on the first and second posts.
So, back to hope. What does all this seeing, driving, searching stuff have to do with it? Everything, and nothing. Everything, because when you have hope, it completely changes the way you see the road ahead and the road behind. Nothing, because hope exists despite what your eyes can see, and it completely alters what your ears can hear. Hope is an invisible mystery that dwells somewhere between our heads and our hearts, yet it lacks ears (and eyes) for life’s limits and beats to its own drum.
When, where, how have you discovered hope? How has it cleared up your ears and eyes for the road ahead? Join the conversation in the comments below!