Unemployment is soaring, global health issues are over the top, and natural catastrophic events occur on every cost line. We continue to struggle with racial inequality and a justice system that is fair for all. If you add in the rise in domestic violence, substance abuse, and suicide, it is easy for some to feel like all Hope is gone.
For this reason, I want to share a dialogue with you that sometimes takes place in our hearts and minds. It is a conversation between Hopelessness and Hope. It is about a battle to see who wins your life and mine.
Hopelessness and Hope are two strong characters, fighting hard to win.
“I will not hide because I live front and center for all to see. Yet your friends and family members will miss the tell-tale signs about my existence. I’m stilling your life right before their eyes.
I will challenge you in all areas of your life. You will covet and never get. You will know what it means to be so close but never get what you want. I will see you in your dreams because I get to turn your dreams into nightmares.”
And at what may be the end, hopelessness speaks with a whisper,”
“I am a never-ending pit where coldness and darkness meet, and I am waiting to bring you to myself. You might also give up because God doesn’t really care about you, nor does anyone else.”
But HOPE enters!
Hope speaks, “NO, because I have something to say!”
“I am about your future and not your past. I’m about miracles and promises that can come true. I am about the strength and courage that it takes to stand the test. I am about faith and trust, and believing what you may not see at this very moment can and will happen.
Please hear me because there is an answer to all your questions, but you must understand that I am about waiting too.”
Lastly, Hope says,
“I come with certainty. I come from the God of Abraham, Isaacs, and Jacob, who promises never to fail you, give you up or leave you without support. He said I would never leave you helpless nor forsake you. He is faithful, and you don’t get to give up on Him!”
Hope ushers in PEACE. And Hope WINS the battle!
Hope wins in this scenario, but Hope doesn’t always win. Sometimes hopelessness prevails, and the outcome is unfortunate. For this reason, we need to know in whom we place our Hope.
Like Abraham and Sarah were old and beyond childbearing age. But he believed God because God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations. A miracle by any standards!
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:8 (NIV)Tweet
Hope is about miracles, future, certainty, trust, truth, and faith. But for some of us, the challenge to remember what Hope is about is extremely hard at times. The path that heals is narrow, bumpy, and hard to travel. But if Hope loses the battle, any belief in a future dies, and what lies just beyond is lost. So I urge you with all my heart, to Hold tight to the unchanging hand of God who gives HOPE and LIFE!