We have all been in a situation where we think we cannot possibly make it out of that place, but (somehow) we have made it out. Maybe it’s a little voice, or a nudge, or just a feeling that we need to keep going. We listen to that voice and/or obey the nudges simply because we believe that it will get better. That’s the manifestation of hope.
We keep going and try to find the positive in troublesome diagnoses, angry interactions, and feelings of defeat. Just a tiny glimmer of hope can go a long way. That tiny inspiration can get us out of bed, encourage us, and make us smile. It’s the promise that better things are coming if we put our trust in Him.
We are not promised an easy life; we are promised that we will never be alone. We are not told that we will always win the battles; we are told that the war has already been won. This knowledge lets us keep trying to get it right while dreaming big.
In order to hope, we must dream. In order to dream, we must feel safe. In order to feel safe, we must trust that we are not alone. We have to believe that we are loved. We must have hope.
Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV)
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NIV)