I have never wanted to be one of those women who are up late each night, reading the Bible, falling asleep with the Bible on my lap, highlighting passages, etc. To be searching for answers in a book that I may never fully understand meant that I was pretty hopeless.
The truth is that I keep coming back to that “Book” (the Bible) as a basis for inspiration and guidance and direction in times of uncertainty, confusion, and hopelessness.
In that way, and in my own life, the Bible is a “Living Document,” which means that when I read it at any moment in time, the same words can apply to any life situation I have going on at the time. I just have to be open to receiving the message that it is trying to give me.
This is not a post on religion, but more a post on intellectual spirituality. Whether you study the teachings of Jesus, the Buddha, the wisdom of the Old Testament, or the Qur’an, or any other spiritual teachings, in my opinion, it is so great to be able to return to these teachings to acquire hope where hope has been lost.
Have you figured out my topic for this month yet? Read on…
So the other night I experienced a bit of a disappointment and went to my Bible for answers. I had been hoping for a miracle in a certain area of my life, and it didn’t pan out…well at least not the way I wanted it to. I somehow ended up at Romans 12:12. This is what the New King James version says:
“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer…”
After reading and thinking about this verse, I received this quiet, yet firm message in my heart:
So the miracle didn’t happen the way you wanted it to, but the challenge for you is to believe that the miracle can still happen in another way.
This…my friends…is called HOPE. And “hope” will be the topic for this month.
I realize how difficult it is, in my own life to maintain hopefulness when everything in “reality” is telling me that I should give up.
One of the symptoms of depression is a sense of hopelessness about life itself. I will admit that in the past, I have been in this severe hopeless state.
I am happy to say that it has been several years since I have been hopeless to the point of being suicidal, but there are certain areas of my life where, if I am honest, I have lost hope. I really want to learn how to maintain hope in all areas of my life. I do not want to ever lose hope.
In addition to getting inspiration through the written words of the Bible, I’m a firm believer that our Higher Power can speak to us in any form of media He chooses. One of my favorite movies is the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy, partly because they are just an amazingly spectacular group of movies, and the other part is because I just love looking at Viggo Mortensen (just kidding…no I’m not!). But the other part is because that movie (and for those of you that have read the books, I’m sure know this) has so many underlying parallels to life. Specifically to my life.
There’s a scene in the second movie, The Two Towers, I think where the men of Rohan and the Elves join together to go to war with the army that was bred by the Dark Lord, Sauron. One of the young men who is fighting looks to my favorite character, (the King), Aragorn and says something like, “they say there is no hope.” To which Aragorn replies,
There is always hope.
So basically here was this army of men and elves getting ready to battle the most evil force on Earth, and “there is always hope” is what the King says? That’s pretty brave. But he is the King and all…
Sometimes it’s so much easier to give up when you have had so much rejection in so many areas of life. Perhaps you have not completely lost hope, but your hope is a little bit rusty. Regardless if you have lost all hope or if your hope has just begun to fade away, this month I will explore how we can all keep hope alive in our hearts.