"Loss is inevitable, therefore hope is dangerous."
(Dan Allendar, Bold Love)
Is this true? Every one of us has suffered loss. The word "loss" conjures up images of sad memories, heartaches and perhaps feelings of hopelessness. Since we all fear suffering, we try to engineer ways to protect ourselves in order to avoid the vulnerability and pain of additional hurt and loss. For many, we try to live without "getting our hopes up." After all, it might be better to never dream or hope; that way we won't be disappointed. Unfortunately, this doesn't truly protect us from suffering future pain and God didn't intend for us to live in this manner. God has a different plan--hope.
I know what it is to live in the darkness. I know what it is to be lost, confused, disappointed, heartbroken, lonely and hurt. In one word, hopeless. Yet I have also found hope in the midst of that thick darkness. So how did I find hope?
I chose to believe...believe that God really is Who He said He is. Believe that He isn't a liar and that He will fulfill all His promises, according to His Word. I chose to believe that He is reliable and faithful, even when my circumstances threatened every breath of my faith.