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Hope springs from pain. I am forever amazed at the human heart. How it can endure overwhelming pain and yet beat with beauty and strength. How is this even possible? Why are we not trodden down and left to wallow in the dirt? Why do we continually pick ourselves up, dust the soil off, and march on?
Hope Springs Eternal
This has been one of my favorite expressions since my teen years. I think it was the missionary stories I devoured at that time in my life. Stories of brave men and women risking their lives to bring the gospel to a lost people. Heroes with such a strong conviction on their lives that they risked everything. Their hope of bringing the truth to a lost soul was a motivation beyond anything I had experienced in my (then) short life.
Do you know the story of Hannukah? A wicked people ruling the nation of Israel, forcing them to obey rules contrary to their Law and killing anyone who did not worship their false gods. Their hope of freedom could not be quenched and they rose up and fought their oppressors.
Christians persecuted by the hundreds at the hands of blood thirsty Romans. Yet, they died singing praises to Jesus, their hope steadfast in a love greater than the hatred that was stealing their lives.
Joseph, given dreams that revealed his future was first sold as a slave and endured prison. David, promised to be the future king of Israel, was first forced into hiding as the jealous King Saul sought to kill him. Moses, elected by God to deliver His people from Egyptian bondage, first had to wander the wilderness.
I recently wrote about a symbol of hope in a concentration camp and it must still be in my head because I have been mauling over the concept of hope. The very idea of hope during an hour cloaked in darkness is amazing to me. When death was all around, hope could not be killed. The desire to live, to push forward, to defy the wickedness that was determined to annihilate them. Hope springs through the darkness.
We are Created in His Image
So why the strong desire to live? Why DOES hope spring eternal?
I think it’s because we are created in God’s image. He is the giver of life, isn’t He? He is the creator of all that is good and lovely and peaceful. Inside of us is that same life. That same desire to overcome the evil that threatens to destroy us.
Hope Springs from Faith
Romans chapter 5 has quite a bit to say about hope.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Our faith not only brings us hope but it gives us the strength to endure tribulation. From dark days in our lives spring forth perseverance, character and hope.
Isn’t that beautiful? The devestating trials in life bring forth good. The perseverance, character, and hope produced propels us forward, giving us peace and strength that we didn’t previous possess.
Hope Springs Contagious
The stories of of brave people inspire us, the love of others produces love in us, and those that find their hope fulfilled make our own hearts long for the fulfillment of hope.
Hope cannot be confined.
My own hope springs eternal
Looking back in my own life, I can see the dark times brought strength which produced hope in the worst times. When the unthinkable happened and I was brought to my knees, my faith rose to mock me, but my hope never died. It had been confirmed too many times previously to be destroyed.
So, dear friends, my hope for you is that you embrace the hope within your heart and find your faith in Christ, strength, and perseverance.
Everyone’s experiences are different and we all struggle in our own ways so I thought this post might be more relatable if I included stories of hope from a few other brave women. Check these beautiful posts out!
Sometimes We are Meant to be Broken by Lullaby Lark made me cry, but the message is beautifully written.
Nothing will be Impossible with God is a lovely story of hope by Where Truth Lives
Beauty of Selah has an incredible testimony of overcoming abuse.
Beauty from Ashes- Hope for Christians after Divorce is a topic I wouldn’t have thought of myself and am thankful to So Very Blessed for allowing me to include this.
Right There with You by Patty H Scott will speak to your heart.
What if it’s Not About Me by Rachel Marie Lee is a beautiful story about brokenness.
Finding Purpose in Emotional Pain by Sunshyne Gray will encourage you.