Imagine a happy woman skipping through a beautiful forest on a great adventure. This woman has no fear, looks forward to all of the twist and turns along the pathway, and has her dear friend with her! When she reaches a fork in the road she goes left. On no! As the forest grows darker she loses her way. Furthermore, this once happy traveler realizes that she’s all alone and her good friend Audacious Hope is lost to her as well.
This allegory depicts what has happened to so many people. Somehow, the challenges and forks in the road have caused folks to lose hope. Without hope what was once beautiful and full of promise becomes lonesome and frightening. Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in life. When one has hope, he or she supposes that something desired may happen. The person is not hopeless; rather he or she is hopeful, expecting good things and looking forward to the future. Typically, life gives each person hope. However, when disappointment, discontentment or even tragedy happens, one may be in the depleted position of losing hope. If this is your circumstance, go boldly to the Throne of Grace to recapture your hope and create a new normal for your life.
The Throne of Grace is where you can cast your care upon the Lord to prevent the escalation and torment of negative emotions like anger, confusion, despair, and fear. There, the infusion of calm and stillness acts to exchange the bad for the good. It replaces anger with forgiveness, confusion with guidance, despair with joy, and fear with courage. Most of all, there you will be refreshed with God’s abundant and everlasting love!
When you pray, ask God to show you where hope was lost and how to regain it. Remember that pitfalls are only temporary if you get up and continue to move forward. Don't become distracted by where you've been and what happened in the past. Overcoming adversity today will require hope on your part. You can look to the Bible story of Abraham where scripture is quoted, "Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping-believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That's how many descendants you will have!" Romans 4:18, NLT
In other words, just believing the promises given by God was reason enough to hope in something not yet seen. If you already have it, there is no need to hope for it. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, the Bible encourages us to wait for it patiently. "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." Jeremiah 29:11, NIV
Now go back to the allegory of the happy traveler in the first paragraph. Wouldn't you advise her to think back to the places visited to find where hope was lost? She reflects on all of the wonderful things experienced along the way, and recalls the fork in the road that led her down the dark path. She back tracks and finds not only her good friend there looking for her, but Audacious Hope has called a host of her siblings to help her look. There’s Earnest Hope, Faithful Hope, Glorious Hope, Patient Hope, Tenacious Hope, Resolute Hope, and Transformative Hope all calling her name, ready to help her through the forest. With a thankful heart, she can embrace her good friend Audacious Hope cloaked with all of the love, joy and peace that rightfully belong to her. Like the happy traveler, when you go boldly to The Throne of Grace, you have refused to allow hopelessness to quench your renewed spirit! Hold fast to your hope and don’t let go!
I pray that God, the source of all hope, will infuse your lives with an abundance of joy and peace in the midst of your faith so that your hope will overflow through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13, VOICE