By: Eileen Den Bleyker
With the new year upon us, it is a time that many people take a pause to reflect on the past year and plan for the new year. When we look backwards at where we have come, we marvel at how quickly the time slipped by. Another year, and there has been much progress as Expect Hope has grown and is now ready to open the doors of its newly renovated home to pregnant women.
Taking the time for such reflection is wise. When we take the time to reflect on how we have spent our time, we gain a proper perspective of our place and must quickly embrace a sense of humility before our God. We are told to ask God to “teach us to number our days, that we may present to [Him] a heart of wisdom.” ( Psalm 90:12). We need this instruction because we tend to forget how quickly time slips by. We tend to procrastinate on doing some of the harder, less comfortable tasks that are on our “to do” lists. We trade the harder tasks for the easy tasks that give us a quick reward. A fast sense of accomplishment and feeling of productivity. If we find ourselves procrastinating over the more demanding aspects of our calling, it is helpful to stop and pray as the beloved King David did, “LORD, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.” (Psalm 29:4). And when pray this prayer, we realize that in the great scheme of the cosmos, our single efforts are indeed quite small and transient. In fact, we “are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14). As we contemplate that the time we have is limited, we begin to see that the choices we make about how we spend our time becomes very significant.
Thousands of hours were spent by many volunteers who came alongside Expect Hope over this past year to prepare for the opening of the program this January. The Board members meetings and activities, the committee members working on details of numerous projects, work teams repairing , remodeling and painting the home, donors supporting fundraising events, interviewing and hiring so that our staff is all in place. All choices made by each individual to spend their time wisely for an eternal purpose.
When God calls us to a specific task, we can count on Him to supply our needs, raise the needed workers and go before us as plans unfold. Our first priority whenever we are called by Him, is to fall on our knees in worship of our God who is almighty and give thanks to Him for the privilege of using our time for a purpose that advances His eternal purpose and glory. Expect Hope’s mission is to provide expectant mothers shelter and a new hope in Christ. By opening our doors, our prayer is that God will use this program to save the life of these unborn children who were at risk of abortion. Our life is but a vapor, but the time we spend in prayer for this ministry or by offering services as a volunteer, is time invested for an eternal purpose. The saving of eternal souls as we share Christ with these mothers. I am thankful that I am able to be a part of Expect Hope’s ministry.