Hope. Whenever I say it, I seem to say it with a breath or a sigh. Hope.
Where does my hope come from? Sometimes it comes from looking at my calendar and seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. That light could be a vacation, a less busy season, or just a day off. I personally enjoy my lights at the end of busy or stressful tunnels, they help me keep going.
Sometimes it comes from my kids. Not just because they are funny or I enjoy being around them. But because I can look back and specifically see that a certain phase, struggle, or health issue no matter how bad, did eventually get better. That forces me to remember that this too, whatever phase, struggle, or health issue will most likely eventually get better at some point, no matter how long that point takes to get there.
Sometimes it comes from others. It may be in a book that someone I've never met has written. It may have been from a friend who has prayed with and encouraged me. Or a family member who has spent time with me on the phone or through a text message.
Sometimes it comes from God. Well, if I'm truthful with myself all of the above are from Him too, just in a different Him directing it kind of way. But sometimes God takes a scripture that I've read or heard in a sermon and uses a spiritual, very bright colored, highlighter to highlight that message in my heart. It becomes so clear to my soul as if He had written it thousands of years before me, just because of my exact situation.
Hope is all around me. It's in the flowers, the wind, the rain, the smiles, the laughter, the calendars, the kids, the friends, the family, the Bible. It's all around me. But I have to open my eyes and see it; truly see it for what it is. I have to recognize that there is hope there. And I have to choose to hold on to it.
So quickly I can let go of it and forget it ever existed, grasping back on to the pain or discontentment. When in reality I need to hold on to that hope that has been given to me and never ever let go.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
May that be a hope that you can hold on to today.