Well, we’ve hit the halfway point. Sixteen days ago I set out to blog about hope for 31 days straight and I’ve been amazed at what I’ve discovered along the way:
I’ve discovered how to give hope, even if that means just being present.
I’ve discovered a wide range of situations that leave us searching for … from the unexpected death of a loved one to loneliness and everything in between.
I’ve discovered God’s Word as it reveals hope again and again and again and various people throughout Scripture that anchored their soul on hope.
Most of all, though, I’ve discovered and rediscovered and rediscovered the same lesson I learned on day 1… WE NEED HOPE.
You want to know where I discovered this lesson the most?
In your responses.
This all started out as a simple challenge to myself… a challenge to write for 31 days straight… a challenge to explore the topic of hope… a challenge, more than anything, to be real with myself. I didn’t know if anyone would read these, and didn’t really care whether they did or not. Yet, as this journey has continued, I’ve come to realize that God had much bigger plans in this 31 day adventure than I could ever have imagined. I can’t even begin to count the Facebook comments, e-mails, text messages, and conversations I’ve had with people over the past 15 days related to these blog posts. This tells me that something, or rather Someone, bigger is at work. It confirms that we all are searching in many ways. It shows that God desperately wants to fill our longing hearts with hope… even if he has to use the random blabberings of a young intern in NY whose just trying to figure it out for herself.
So, whatever your situation is today that seems a little “hopeless”, take heart. First of all, you’re not alone. Look around you… the people you walk past each day are probably searching for a little hope as well. And thankfully, as we search together, we don’t have to look very far, because
God knows we need hope and says,