In the past, a hope chest was how an unmarried woman prepared herself for her future as a bride.
She wasn’t starting out her marriage empty handed. She was bringing something into the union: cookware; cloth for curtains; a special dinner service for guests and Sundays.
Each item she put into the chest raised her anticipation of her future union. She imagined sharing with her husband; their first meal; the special pattern at the windows; guests around their table.
Read in Romans 8:25:
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
This is about anticipation. Hope. It’s putting away $500 a month, certain that one day we’ll have a home of our own. Saying no to that gourmet coffee on the way to work, because we’re taking a vacation to Paris next year. Eating salad rather than steak, so that we can fit into our summer clothes.
We are postponing gratification now so that we can have something better later.
Every Christian knows the feeling, just as every bride and groom. Some things are better if we simply wait. We don’t want them less. If anything, we want them more.
They are sweeter for the anticipation.
Athletes who follow the paleo diet (all meat, no sweets) say that after a month, even water tastes sweet, and a plain strawberry? Like it’s dipped in sugar.
Think how heaven will feel after a lifetime of anticipation.
Our life of prayer and learning scriptures only adds to our heavenly hope chest. We will open it in the bye-and-bye, and our time with the Father will be the sweetest thing we can experience.
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