Either we scoff at the mention of it because we have seen too much of the ugly side of life, or we feel a quickening of our spirit that perhaps it might be true… because we, too, have seen too much of the ugliness.
No matter what our personal experiences have been, most of us have had to face fear in ways we never had dreamed possible. Most of us have hit seemingly insurmountable concrete walls of despair, and helplessness. Our stories may be different, but all of our hearts are wired to hope — despite our circumstances.
Here’s my list of paralyzing nastiness:
- Death of my 8 month old son
- Birth of my 2nd daughter within another 8 months of his death (surprise!), and learn she has special needs
- Death of my superhero dad (cancer sucks)
- Marriage failure
I don’t list these things so we can have a contest about who’s crap is smelliest, because that’s just wrong on so many levels. I share so you can know that even though life may be throwing some horrific stuff at you, you’re not alone in feeling dark, lonely, heavy, and barely surviving.
God is touted as being the author and perfecter of our faith… and He has a magic recipe.
He heaps us with hope.
He floods us with love.
He Does It.
All we need to do is ask. And wait. And ask. And expect. And know and know and know that HE will come through.
Not because we deserve it. No. Because then we’re all screwed.
Because of who HE is. He is good. He didn’t make the bad things happen, life did. It’s the result of a world doing it’s own thing since the Fall. But God is faithful to restore us. To make us new if we will let Him. We have to invite Him in. Then we have to trust.
My own trust issues have kept me at God like a freaking woodpecker for a long long time:
“I need encouragement!” “I need to know you’re there!” I need, I need!
And He always shows up. Every blessed time.
Because that’s who He is.
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” – Matthew 7:11
There is hope. His name is Jesus.
You were made for so much more than to just survive by the skin of your teeth. You were made for so much more than to live with regret, condemnation, guilt, loneliness, despair, and darkness. Grace is free, it covers you, it washes over you, and gives you hope. Take it and make it yours. No strings, just love. His.
You will never be the same.
Simple truth. Tough to swallow sometimes, but oh. so. real.
Your turn: Leave a comment below and share how hope has changed you or what you dream of it doing for you.