When you have hope, you have the belief that everything is going to be okay. You look forward to the future, and you dream. You dream about the good things in your life and think of ways to make them even better. I wrote the post below about what it feels to be hopeless. It was originally posted here as We can’t do it on our own
You are floating in darkness, with nothing to hang onto, and no way to find your way back to shore.
Imagine you’re on a raft floating in the ocean. With every wave, you move farther and farther away from shore. Soon, the light begins to fade, leaving you completely surrounded by darkness. It’s not a normal kind of darkness though, and as you look around, you notice there is no moon at all, just total blackness. It’s then that you realize something about the raft is odd. Instead of somewhere to place your hands for support, there is only a smooth, flat surface.
The description above is the best way I know how to explain what it feels like to have no hope; the belief that you are all alone, that no-one cares or understands, and that it’s never going to get any better. Although it might seem easy to define, hopelessness is actually a state of being that envelops the heart so powerfully it could never be properly explained.
We can’t do it on our own
Living without hope is very tough, but even in the midst of it, even when we sense our lives spinning out of control, we know it’s a place we do not want to be. In my own search for hope, I held firmly to the belief that I could find it on my own. What I failed to realize was that I had an enemy equally intent on trying to stop me.
On our journey toward hope, satan would like nothing more than to keep us in darkness, to bind us in chains, and close our eyes to the Truth. He uses a lack of hope as his greatest weapon against us; he knows that as long as we believe there’s no hope, we will be blinded from experiencing the great Hope Giver.
There’s a huge flaw in satan’s plan though. He may want us to feel completely worthless, but we have Someone who can expose his lies for Truth, Someone who wants us to know how valuable and worthy we really are, Someone who wants us to know we can’t do it on our own.
His Hope fills our lungs, restores hearts and minds, and allows us to view our circumstances through different eyes. His Hope lets us know that even if the healing doesn’t come, even if our spouse never returns, even if we don’t receive the child we so desperately want, even when the news is not what we expected to hear, even if … we still have a Savior who loves and cares for us. We still have a Savior who knows exactly how we are feeling and remains steadfast in His commitment to us.
On those days that seem particularly rough, when we truly feel like we are floating alone at sea, let’s choose to give Him the rope to our raft, let’s choose to give Him permission to be our lifeline, and let’s choose to use Him as the ultimate Anchor keeping us from floating completely away.
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT)