Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:21-26
Some situations present themselves as hopeless. Losses are inevitable. The past doesn’t disappear. And no matter how bad we want feelings or thoughts to instantly disappear, they hang on – for days – for weeks – for years. So how do we even begin to find hope in a fallen world? To walk among the desperate ruins of ourselves and others and still come out clean.
Finding hope is a treasure, and perhaps that is why it is so hard to find. Things so valuable come at a cost, a fight at the least, but valuable things are to be treasured up and thus worth the seeking so that we may own.
But where do we find this hope? May I offer up a few places..
The first place we look, no matter how we feel, is the Lord. He is our hope. Without His grace, life is indeed hopeless. But because of His great love we are not consumed. Love from the world, a boyfriend, a husband, a friend, or even a child is not adequate. His is the only love that can keep us from being consumed. Consumed by sin, or depression, hopelessness, or loss – all things with consuming properties until compared with the love of the Lord. Against His love these forces cannot hold up. They cannot stand.
So how do we hope in Him? We wait upon Him. We trust His timing and His path. We trust His provision and His faithfulness. We trust that He is enough for us…today…tomorrow…and will be again the next day…and the next… We choose to let Him be enough…with what He is given and what He will give…it’s enough to sustain us today…
The second place we look is inside of ourselves. We are so tough on ourselves that we don’t often look here. In the darkness of a depression seasoned heart, hope is indeed hard to see, but it is there. It can be found.
Maybe the memories of your past are painful, and it seems like there is no hope. But are you alive today sweet sister? That is indeed praiseworthy. You are a survivor. Only a sister that God has gifted with perseverance could have come this far.
When you look for hope do you see your failures, both past and present? But what about resiliency? How much strength does it take to have messed up a few times and yet you still have the desire to do more, to do better, to move forward into the wholeness the Lord has for you!
How do you find hope in yourself? You look deep inside and you silence the negative, if even it will only silence for a moment.
Name three positive qualities you posses right now, no excuses, no saying you can’t, come up with three. Now isn’t a person with these amazing qualities worth having hope…consider your gifts…you are loved by the Lord.
The third place you look is community. So you have none? Well that is okay, and community may be closer than you think. We all need open avenues to walk on. Roads to walk on that will take us in a positive direction. And God please help us to stay of the ones that lead us further into darkness. How do we find hope in community?
Look hard, look at the paths and people God has placed before you. Can’t see any? Ask Him to show you.
God will never leave you in darkness without showing you the path that leads towards the light.
Look for community in church. Biblical community online. Look to family. Or friends.
Ask God to bring you some…He will…and His timing will be perfect. No giving up here.
Will community be infallible? No! Community, the Church, people, fail! No one is perfect or capable of Saving except Christ.
Will people break your trust, yes! Will your heart get broken a few times, maybe…but that doesn’t mean community isn’t worth being around or having.
We need the Lord, and we need the church. Look for the best in eachother. The good in people. The hopeful paths God has laid out directly in front of you. We need hope, and God will provide. Call it to mind sweet sister…call to mind the hope you can and will find in and through Him. And call it to mind again…and again…and again until hope dwells stronger than the darkness.