The Shawshank Redemption is my favourite Hollywood movie of all time.
I have it on DVD, must have seen it at least 10 times and every time it comes on TV, I still hunker down for the night and watch it again. I sometimes even pause and then rewind to my favourite bits…even though I know exactly what’s going to happen. Yerp…I’m that nerdy about it!
Anyway, I like it because it’s jam-packed with metaphors about life; being set free from a prison, redemption, forgiveness, betrayal….and on and on.
Get busy living. Or get busy dying.
So says Andy to Red, after Red tells him to stop dreaming of a future on a white-washed beach – where the Ocean has no memory. “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” says Red.
In a way, he’s right…that kind of hope, with no grounding, probably could drive you insane.
The type of hope the Bible talks about though, apparently has its roots in a Hebrew word ‘batah’ which implies security and confidence. So it’s not loosey goosey pie-in-the-sky stuff about beaches and oceans, but actual confidence in something very, very real.
So, when it says in Hebrews that faith is the substance of things hoped for, it’s actually saying; Faith is the substance of things I cannot see but am confident in, I rely on, I am secure in. Not something that may happen, if I’m ‘lucky’ or the stars are aligned right…but something I can be sure of.
For me, as one of those types who follow Jesus, my hope isn’t in what I can do for myself…it’s in this God who always does what He says He’s going to do.
I don’t have it cracked, many days I doubt and I scratch my head and wonder why stuff happens….but I still have hope. It’s just this deep down ‘knowing’ that no matter what happens, God won’t let me down.
Hope is what makes my world go round.