By Tim Everton
Hope is simply one of the most amazing words there is. It flies in the face of loss, pain and tragedy and says, "This is not the end."
It gives us reason to live, a reason to hold on through our painful and sometimes seemingly pointless circumstances, it is a knowing that there must be something at the end.
Hope is knowing beyond physical sight that there is indeed a point to all this, though at present the darkness may be so thick we can barely see a foot in front of us.
Hope goes beyond our current circumstances and believes against all odds that the situation, no matter how dire, how bleak, how painful, unfair or evil, that it will not have the final say.
It is the golden thread permeating every great tale, every great adventure or epic fable and it is this thread of hope that causes the hero to go on, to push through, no matter what comes their way.
The absence of hope – despair - is what drives people into the dark, endless pit of madness, into insanity and eventually suicide.
I have been gripped by despair a few times in my life and it is a dreadful thing. To be standing on the precipice of nothingness and to have your soul gripped with a cold emptiness is a fearful experience and one I would not wish upon my worst enemy.
Luckily for me the love of God went deeper and pulled me out, set me in a safe place and held me secure, were it not for His hand, who knows where I would have ended up?
For those who have eyes to see, or moreover those who are willing for God to show them, this golden thread of life permeates all situations, even those that would otherwise cause us to give up, to surrender, to die broken and unfulfilled.
The worst option is to give in; to become something we were never meant to be, acting like a human animal using whatever means necessary to survive at any cost.
Sometimes in life we lose hope because of pain, loss or tragedy, but God wants to offer us His hope so He can use it to bring about something wonderful and amazing in our lives.
The Bible says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows."
If you've lost hope, then ask for His hope that you will hope again. Ask Him to sustain you and bring about something beautiful in your life.
The apostle Paul told the Romans that God was the source of a hope that would fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him (see Romans 15:13).
And as a dear friend and mentor once told me, "Even when it seems like there is no hope... there's still hope."•