Illustration of Hope and Hopelessness

The illustration of the Flagstaff Flooding provides us an example of hope and hopelessness. In the story, the town of Flagstaff was scheduled to be flooded as part of a dam project and the creation of a lake. As the town was to be flooded, people quit making repairs to their houses and quit doing any type of maintenance or improvements to the town. People had no hope in the town. This is what happens when we have no hope in God. With no hope in God, we do not initiate in any types of activities to maintain or grow our relationship with God


Flagstaff Flooding.
One night at dinner a man, who had spent many summers in Maine, fascinated his companions by telling of his experiences in a little town named Flagstaff. The town was to be flooded, as part of a large lake for which a dam was being built. In the months before it was to be flooded, all improvements and repairs in the whole town were stopped. What was the use of painting a house if it were to be covered with water in six months? Why repair anything when the whole village was to be wiped out? So, week by week, the whole town became more and more bedraggled, more gone to seed, more woebegone. Then he added by way of explanation:

“Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.”

Halford E. Luccock, Unfinished Business.