Dum Spiro, Sperabo
“Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:5
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24
For some strange reason (I often “wonder” about me) I woke up this morning thinking about the Marine Corps’ slogan, Semper Fi (always faithful). When I sat down at the computer, following my thoughts, I searched for Latin quotes, wondering what mine would be. “Dum spiro, sperabo,” ~ “as long as I breathe, I will hope” attributed to Cicero ~ jumped off the page. Then I read my brother’s blog today that asked, “What’s in your backpack?”
So how does all of that babble relate? Easily for me, I carried around a lot of stuff in my backpack for far too long. Then, one by one the Lord helped me to unload my backpack of the hurts, the pains, the fears, and the sins. Item by item I left open only long enough for the Holy Spirit to fill with His Words. I make every attempt, with God’s help, to keep my backpack empty or, at least, clean it out quickly.
Sure, there are always creepy-crawlers trying to get back into the backpack; I see a name on FB, I pass someone on the street, or a life issue makes an attempt to become haunting but I HAVE HOPE! I serve a God who loves me, THE God of His Word… all of my memories are cocooned by that hope!! Part of my reaction is who I am; there is nothing I can do about that because our lives don’t have a delete button!!
No one but God really knows what is in your backpack but HE KNOWS and HE CARES! I’ve used a song over and over again in my writing but the words of hope are resonating in my mind today… again!
Unafraid because His armor [HIS HOPE] is the best
But even soldiers need a quiet place to rest
People say that I’m amazing, never face retreat
but they don’t see the enemies that lay me at His feet
They [the world] don’t know that I go running home when I fall down
They don’t know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
‘Cause deep inside this armor the warrior is a child
(…) I drop my sword and look up for HIS smile
‘Cause deep inside this armor (deep inside)
Deep inside this armor (deep inside)
Deep inside this armor, this warrior is a Child
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
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