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The heroic rescue efforts for the six trapped miners in Utah in August 2007 provide some significant perspectives on the human experience of hope. First, we were extremely reluctant to give up hoping, even in the face of extreme odds. Several weeks were a terribly long time to keep hoping for a good outcome for this tragic mining disaster. But people kept hoping. After all, last year two Australian miners were rescued after 14 days. And in 1968 in West Virginia six were rescued after 10 days. So we hang on to hope at all costs. Hope is simply one of those innate and core human experiences.

Second, people don't just sit around wishing for a good future. Hope involves intense planning and effective action in order to attempt to bring about a future reality.

Look at the detailed and strategic response in this mining disaster. The rescue workers initially drilled three holes into the ground in their attempts to locate the miners and to provide needed air as well as pictures to the surface. Then they drilled a fourth hole to try to reach the trapped miners. Hope continues building and refuses to stop planning.

Absolute Proof

The mine's co-owner, Bob Murray, said miners have been pulled alive from mines after even longer periods underground. "We're proceeding as if the men are alive, and we will continue to do that until we have absolute proof," he said.

That's the thing about hope: hope builds and plans and acts, not for what is, but for what is coming. That's the idea behind Hebrews 11:1. “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” Faith is the action that keeps hope alive. It's the planning part of hope that refuses to simply sit around wishing something into reality. It's moving ahead and acting on what you do know and putting into place whatever realities are in your control to bring what you hope for into the present. 

So how's your hope factor today? What are you hoping for in your life? What is your preferred future and what are you doing to act on that hope? Hope refuses to stop believing even in the face of odds. So hang on and keep moving forward! God is on your side.

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