Feeling Hopeless: Finding Hope in the Darkness
Does it sometimes feel like there’s no point in going forward? Sometimes it can feel like feeling hopeless can be a full-time job. This job is dark, and dreadful, and one of the most unpleasant places you can find yourself in, but many times we don’t really know how to dig ourselves out of it. But it’s true – you don’t have to continue living in the darkness. There is hope and healing.
In fact, Paul writes in Romans his desires for finding our way out of the darkness:
“May the God of Hope fill you with all peace and joy as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
But that seems easier said than done, right? How do we actually get filled with this peace and joy? How can we possibly overflow with hope? Let’s break down that verse. God wants to fill us with peace and joy, as we trust in Him. That’s the first step: trust. It can also be the hardest step for some of us. How do we trust Him? How can we let our fears, pain, and heartache go that we’ve been holding onto for so long?
The thing is — Jesus understands. He lived and walked among us. He felt pain, and heartache, and betrayal, and sadness. But He, like us, also experienced immense joy. He understands and can identify with every emotion we’re feeling, if we let Him. It comes down to saying, “Jesus, I’m going to come to You with this problem. I want You to fix it.” Sometimes it’s instant, and sometimes it’s not. But Christ calls each of us to bring our problems and lay them at His feet to allow Him to cover them.
The second part is actually easy once you get past step one. Overflowing with hope comes from trusting Him to do what He says He’ll do. It’s a process, and one that doesn’t typically happen overnight, but it’s an invitation to each of us to put our trust in Him. In Scripture, He tells us, “Take heart, for I have overcome the world.” He knows. He understands. And He wants each of us to understand that He is able to overcome anything we’re facing as well.
It’s okay to not have all the answers. And it’s okay to not be okay. Sometimes it’s something we can handle on our own, and sometimes we need a little help along the way. Trust.