Hope and Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, and sings the tune- without the words, and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

I’ve been reading a wonderful devotional called The Sacred Ordinary by Leigh McLeroy. In one of the entries she writes of this Dickinson quote, and how, shortly after writing this quote down, she began to find feathers. She writes of God being a God of hope, and how finding the feathers had been like God whispering a reminder to her of the hope she has in Him.
The day I read her hope and feathers story, I was praying about a particular situation that I find to be rather hopeless. In fact, that is the word I used when I was praying about it. Two days later I began finding feathers.
Leigh is right, our God is a God of hope. Even in the smallest things, He cares. Every time I find a feather, I am reminded that nothing is impossible for Him. That He cares about every last detail and desire of my heart. Hope is such an intangible thing, but every time I look at the feathers (there are seven now), I am reminded that He works in tangible and intangible ways.
As Leigh writes, “Choose hope, it’s absolutely reasonable.”


  • Anonymous

    This is so true. I needed to hear it today. Thanks!