A little over two years ago, I wrote a post on Romans 12:12. As I have grown, this verse has taken on new meaning in my life. I’d like to share a little bit on what it means to me now.
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
The part of this verse that sticks out to me the most is confident hope. Sometimes life can seem pretty hopeless. It’s like we put these blinders on, which makes it so that we can only see one aspect of our life. If that aspect of our life is not yielding the results that we want and might be expecting, then life can get pretty dreary.
We move from having blinders on to being in a rut, which turns into a hole. Pretty soon we have lost track of who we are because we are not focused on hope. In fact, we just feel hopeless. Maybe for some people hopeless looks like not feeling worthy, maybe for others hopeless looks like losing a loved one, maybe it looks like not getting the grade you wanted on an assignment, or the job you’ve worked so hard for is taken from you.
I want to share with you that your feelings are valid. They’re true to you. If you feel like you’re stuck at the bottom of a hole, then chances are that you are stuck. Being stuck is far from easy. There are two options when you’re in a hole; you can dig deeper, or you can get out.
So the question is: do I stay here at the bottom of the hole and risk getting deeper into hopelessness? Or, do I look up and see the glimmer of light which is actually hope?
Today, I choose hope. Sometimes hope means texting someone and telling them what you’re feeling. Sometimes hope means going to talk to a therapist. Sometimes hope means going to a doctor. Whatever hope means to you, my wish is that you always choose it.
Going back to the verse, our confident hope is knowing that regardless of whether we are in a hole, or on a mountaintop, that God is with us. We may not feel Him, or even want Him to be with us, but He’s there anyway. Because of Christ, we get to be victorious. We get to come out on top when we go through trials.
My hope is the light I see in the bottom of a hole. My confident hope is knowing that God fights alongside me.
C’est la vie,