I’ve heard the saying that hope floats…I actually feel like it keeps me grounded.
I happen to be a very hopeful person. My Pollyanna like nature occasionally annoys my sometimes pessimistic husband. I like to hold onto hope like a safety blanket. When all else looks gloomy and grey, I know that I can fall back on hope to make me feel okay in my current situation.
There have been times, however, when hope seems to hurt. When what I hope for doesn’t happen or seems to take a lifetime to emanate, I find myself feeling heartsick. There’s a Proverb that says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” I remember reading it for the first time and feeling like those words described my pain and emotions perfectly.
I was hoping for something to happen in my life so much that it become my main focus, making it almost impossible for me to enjoy the good things that were in my life at the time. What was I to do, give up my safety blanket of hope? That depressed me more. I was not to abandon all hope of my dream, I was simply to add to it.
Hope needs a companion. Hope meet Joy, Joy meet Hope.
When hope seems to be far from view or deferred in my case, joy must take over. You and I must find joy in the things we already have while we wait in hope for things to come.
Hope keeps me grounded because when my thoughts are clouded with grey or I can’t seem to find joy in my day, I remember that hope tells me to learn from my experiences, tomorrow will be better, and that good things are to come. I quickly snap out of my doom and gloom, come back to myself and am able to see joy in my life. So yes my friends, hope floats and grounds all at the same time. Pretty amazing little character.
How do you find comfort in hope?
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