Two days ago a bit part of the east coast was hit by a big storm. When the storm go to where I live, it traveled through the area in the form of a tornado that brought some very strong winds. As a result, many of us lost power. No lights, no running water and limited internet access on my phone. It made me think of what a comfortable life I have and I felt convicted not to complain and not to feel sorry for myself. Life could be a lot worse and many people live in very terrible conditions. It would have been very easy for me to fall into a pit of self-pity and despair but the Holy Spirit kept reminding me to count my blessings. Did I want to count my blessings when I was sitting in the dark that night? No. My flesh was rebelling and telling me how unfair life was. My spirit was complying and saying “Praise the Lord. He turns things around.” It was dark. It felt sad. It was unsettling but there was hope. In the middle of dark times there is a light of hope. I have mentioned it before and I was so glad I could experience. Why? Because things got darker and darker. Yesterday I found out that we could be without power for 7 to 10 days. My flesh frowned but my spirit smiled. Not because of the bad news but because even when there is bad news the Lord is still there. I got to experience that supernatural peace against. I can’t put it in words but it manifested and showed up like a drop from Heaven. A drop that refreshed my forehead when all I was feeling was fever and angst. God’s peace is a tranquilizer that puts us on a wave of joy. It makes us ride the waves and see the shore and look forward for good things to come that we can’t see. His peace is a faith agent that promotes faith.
Dark times are so overwhelming but they are not the end. I refused to call it quits and to give up. There is just too much goodness of God to go around that I couldn’t just give up. Hope stood in the middle of that dark room and sang. It sang a song that can make anyone jump with joy. That is what the Lord does. He makes you sing and dance in the middle of your nightmares. He pushes the bad dreams away and makes room for the dreams and visions He has for you. Hope is what He will always have for you. I am here to encourage you today to look for God’s hope and don’t let the dark times intimidate you. I know how they feel but I also know that nothing, absolutely nothing can stand between the Lord and us. Hope is the bridge that gets us to where God is. It shortens the distance that is produced by the fear and the worries from the dark times. The darkness of the night was so prevalent two nights ago. It was very symbolic. I literally sat in darkness. I had no idea what was coming next. I thought I would get an alert that said the power would be restored within 24 hours. That alert never came. What came was an opportunity to stand strong or to fall down hard. Just like anyone else I don’t like to fall and I push back. I push back with faith and o decided to look at hope in its glory in the middle of the room. My Bible happened to be on my coffee table in the middle of the room. That is where my Hope was.
Keep hope in the middle. Keep hope in the center and let everything else revolve around it. When you do, hope will dictate how you should react to everything around you. Hope will say, “Carry me. Put me on like a backpack and don’t let go.” Carry the light weight of hope. When you run into difficulties, open your backpack and take out the power of hope. When you hold hope in your hand, you can’t help but have peace for the future. Hope from the Lord will give you a boost. Thank Him for Hope even when you don’t see it. It will become more apparent to you. You will understand that hope can turn anything around. It starts with your thinking and it fills your heart with faith. It may be dark right now but hope is still in the room. Don’t give up. Pray. Then pray again and continue to pray. Don’t get discouraged. Something big is coming and it will change your situation. Jesus brought hope into the world and it never left. Hope is with you. Stay in faith!
Suggested reading: Romans 15:13; Hebrews 11:1; 1 Peter 1:3