By Sky Walden
I’ll be honest here: the concept of hope hasn’t been coming easily to me recently. My wonderful grandma died in July after 73 years of living. She was incredibly important to me, so her death has not been easy to deal with.
Obviously, when we’re grieving, hope isn’t exactly something that we have in abundance all the time. Oftentimes, my grief has become one of the darkest places I’ve been in. It’s hard to see that things can get better when you lose someone or something so profoundly important to you. As someone who hates change, I completely get that. I want things to stay the same all the time, so when I do lose things, I feel that loss deeply. I’m sure all of us do, too.
Thankfully, a timely reminder came for me earlier this week in an email from my dad. He said that God has been telling him how bright my future is.
I don’t think it needs to be said: I needed to hear that. After I read it, I realized how depressed I had become. I didn’t think there was any way out. Thanks to Dad’s email, that changed, and something clicked into place for me. I still miss my grandma so much, but I do know that the future is bright and better things are coming, however far away they may be. I also understand that it’s okay to be sad right now. But after my dad sent me that email, I have something I didn’t have before: hope. For me right now, hope is taking a bit of a different form than I’d imagined it would. Right now, this hope I have reminds me that things will get better eventually, no matter how soon they do. I’m content in the hard times, because I know my life will be better and beautiful someday.
I’d like to remind you of the same thing. Life can be so incredibly hard with all the things we face, grief being only one of these things. But your future is so, so bright. God says so through his word in Jeremiah 29:13– “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.”
In The Message translation of the Bible, Jeremiah 29:13 says this: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” The great thing about God is that he knows the desires of our heart, even the ones we don’t even quite know about. This verse gives me hope that God will not only give me what I need, but what I desire as well. Overall, it’s a comforting thought that God is taking care of me, that He already knows my future, and He’s got it all planned out. He’s taking care of you too. I promise.
What I’m learning is that hope isn’t always a big thing, and it isn’t always immediate. Sometimes it’s a small knowing that things could get better tomorrow, or the next day, and that God is taking care of you. This hope may not be large or grand, but maybe that’s just what we need. Maybe we just need a little reminder of how incredibly and profoundly Jesus loves us and takes care of us.
Instead of a roaring fire, sometimes hope is a tiny flame. And I think that’s absolutely okay.
Hope doesn’t always shout. Sometimes, hope whispers.
“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops – at all.” – Emily Dickinson