Carefree; that’s the word that comes to mind when I try and sum up my attitude growing up. I am sure I am not alone in this. Walking around day to day not worried about a thing. Fully convinced that life was easy and that if a little hiccup happened to pop up, mom was going to take care of it. …And that is the way it usually was. Boy, there was nothing mom couldn’t solve!
Whether a last minute school project, or a 3:00am fever, mom would step out of the phone booth and with a faster resolve than superman she would make everything alright again. It was as if she had special powers; powers to make things better even when they appeared to be at their worst. It was a sure thing with mom. Nothing was left to chance.
I don’t recall exactly when it was that I realized mom couldn’t fix it all. Perhaps it was the time when I received unexpected dreadful news at the Doctor, or maybe it was the time when a storm came and destroyed our home. Some of us wake up to this reality sooner than others but no matter when that time comes, the sentiment is the same; vulnerability. It is as if though we are suddenly an open target to everything.
The orange deck of cards in the ever so popular Monopoly game known as the “Chance” cards remind me of what it’s like to live in this helpless state. Going back 3 spaces, paying poor tax, paying money on repairs for all property, and going straight to jail are just some of what may come up when you pick a Chance card; not exactly the most favorable moves on the board. In fact, some of these moves can break you to where you are no longer even in the game.
Sound familiar? A divorce, losing a job, losing a loved one, or even a foreclosure amongst many other things can leave us feeling like we are out of the game. This is life without hope.
You see, my mother represented hope for me even in the worst of circumstances. Though difficult times came as I was growing up, my faith in that she would come through for me was so big that it diminished the discomfort of the current situation. Difficult times are bound to come. Matthew 5:45 says
Rain will fall on the just and the unjust
It’s about who we have our hope on that makes the difference.
Today, as an adult I recognize the humanity of my mother, and have found a replacement for my hope. He comforts me, He keeps me in the game, and He fixes it all. He never fails, is always on time, and always makes things better. He promises me I don’t have to live by chance. And the best part of it all is He tells me to
Advance to Go and collect $200.
Who is your hope set on today?