Thank you so much G-Class Lady Praise for this awesome opportunity to write in this powerful blog. It’s a great honor and I don’t take it lightly at all. Thank you too for taking time to read this, I pray you will be greatly encouraged by this.
Disappointment in relationships, Failure in examinations, Delay in life milestones, Economic Recession, Death of dearly loved ones, Lack of resources……. the list is inexhaustible and that’s what the human eye sees every time we take a mental tour of the world we live in. When we listen to the News, both locally and internationally, we hear more of bad news than good news! It’s obvious to every one living in this time that bad things happen to good people and that makes us say things like ‘it’s not fair’ ( I remember I said that a lot when I was in Secondary School). The truth is as long as we live on this side of eternity, we are likely to experience shakings that we can either turn into a dance or a shiver. Really, if we knew all the twists and turns that seem to be customised for each of our lives, we would probably live very ‘bland’ lives just waiting for the defining moments. But there is something about our make up as humans that makes us look forward for something. We seem to always expect something, either rewards for the good done or consequences of the bad caused.
Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large; to expect with confidence; and to cherish a desire with anticipation. One special thing the Creator wired into us as humans is the free will which helps us to decide what we want or make choices. Many times, we have no power over what life throws at us or how people treat us but we always have the power to decide how we respond to situations or people.
Scripture says in Ecclesiastes 9:4(CEV) that as long as we are alive, we still have hope, just as a live dog is better off than a dead lion. . As long as you can read this piece, it means that you are alive and that is the greatest assurance that there is hope. The anchor scripture for this write up is 1Corinthians 13:13 and looking up other scriptures, we discover that Faith, Hope and Love are linked. Hebrews 11 talks about Faith being the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen while 1Corinthians 13 talks about Love believing all things and hoping all things. I imagine that someone reading this is thinking, this girl does not know what she’s saying, when she hears my story and where I’m coming from, she won’t be talking about hope. True I don’t know where you have been but I know that you have not kept yourself alive and the One who has kept you alive says He is the hope of glory.
Let me quickly share the lyrics of the chorus of a song I heard in Church today – In the Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson:
‘In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor when the sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm’
God has not promised us a smooth sail on this end but He has promised “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” Hebrews 13:5b(AMP). No matter what happens to you, please keep hope alive knowing that it will come to pass. Please listen to these wise sayings:
Hope….sometimes, that’s all you have when you have nothing else. If you have it, you have everything… Anonymous
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. …Desmond Tutu
The only difference between those who threw in the towel and quit and those who used their energy to rebuild and kept it going is found in the word Hope…Anonymous
Just like the farmer waits expectantly (Hope) after sowing and doing the essentials for the harvest, Just like the pregnant woman waits expectantly (Hope) for the arrival of her baby or babies and in fact doing everything she can to make sure arrival is not earlier than planned, I want to encourage to hold on. Someone defined Hope as Hold On Pain Ends. But while you wait, what are you expected to hold on to if not the word of God and His promises to you. I’m sure you know He CANNOT lie and He CANNOT fail you. He is an expert in turning messes into messages and rewriting stories.
It doesn’t matter how far you feel you have fallen, beneath you are His everlasting arms and you can be sure that you can never fall beyond His reach. It doesn’t matter who you are praying for or what you have been praying for. It doesn’t matter what others have said concerning the issue or how long the fight has been on. All that matters is Christ is Our Hope!
Let me end with this verse in Job that I love – For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, it will sprout again….. Job 14:7a. Please don’t give up the fight! Please don’t throw in the towel! Please keep believing! Hold on a little longer! With hope, the burden becomes easier to bear.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Titilope Adigun is a Pharmacist by profession. She is a wife, mother and partner-in-ministry by calling. She currently works in Mine Teenage Ministry. She mentors and counsels teenagers, especially teen girls.