It’s the darkest, most depressing time of the year here in Ukraine. We haven’t had much snow. The weather has been weird. A lot of rain and it’s been really warm. Relatively speaking of course. 41F today.
The news lately has been as depressing as the weather. Not just in Ukraine, but in other parts of the world, people’s hearts are failing as chaos continues.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about hope. Some days it’s been hard to conjure it up. And then I realized that I don’t have to force it. I don’t have to create it. I don’t have to fake it.
Christians are called to hope. It is intrinsic to our faith in God. If we are trusting in God, then hope should become part of our nature.
Some years ago when I was going through a confusing time and struggling with feeling hopeful in the face of adversity, I began to read Psalm 16 every day. Here’s a couple of verses from the chapter:
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
When the world weighs you down with it’s hopelessness, remember that you are called to hope. Hope will spring from the soil of our heart when we are trusting in Him. It will be there when you need it most. It will bring you comfort in this crazy world. And you will be able to inspire others with it.