Father, I gather that there is a lot more to hope than what meets the eye. When I say, “Father, I trust you,” I speak more about the things I cannot see and not about those I can. I look past the things of this earth to what you have in store for us. Though I see the beauty of the ice on the lake, I cannot trust it to hold me up. I dare not trust in the treachery of beauty and the realness of what surrounds me. I trust in your unfailing love. I trust in your eternal covenant. I trust in your absolute truth. I trust in your promises. Father, I trust you. My hope is in you. I praise you for the things unseen in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self his being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 ESV)