‘…we glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ Romans 5:3
Sometimes it’s best to begin a story at the end, rather than at the beginning. If there is a shaft of light into the darkness of your suffering, what does it look like? What does hope look like for me? I’ll be the first to say that it likely looks painful. Hope can be painful. And difficult to consider. But, if we’re going to be willing to open ourselves up to that possibility, where exactly will the vulnerability touch?
The dictionary doesn’t seem much help.
a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.
synonyms: aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, plan, dream, daydream, pipe dream; longing, yearning, craving, hankering
We know what the feeling is about. But what is the particular thing or situation? And if I had it, would the suffering end? Would the darkness be gone?
What if true hope – the kind that transforms a soul – is not a particular thing or situation but rather results from a significant change within me?
Father, when hard questions come which may have painful answers, help me to remember those four little words from Psalm 23: ‘You are with me.’ Thank You that You have said that You will never leave me. Thank You that Your desire for me is never to stay in the darkness, but to walk in the light. Help me to consider hope.