This morning as I was preparing to create my first podcast *eek* on overcoming the loss of hope, I had a lot of thoughts bouncing around in my head. One of my thoughts came as I acknowledged a particularly bad day yesterday. I believe our fight for hope is often fought on an almost daily basis. Even when everything else in life seems to be going fairly smoothly, we can have a day that just knocks the wind out of us. We feel inadequate, useless, and just plain lousy! I have come to recognize these feelings as an absence of hope. I believe the solution to overcoming these feelings comes down to acknowledging them for what they are. Then, when we have given ourselves adequate, but not excessive, time to experience them, we know what to do to start conquering them.
At that point we do those things that help us personally anchor in Christ. For me, that looks like getting down on my knees and crying to my God a little, or a lot depending on the need. Then asking Him to free me from those feelings, to give me the confidence in Him to know that eventually everything is going to be okay. Then I have to get up off my knees and act like I’m ready to be done with the gloom and doom feelings. I immerse myself in His word for a little feast to fill my emptiness. Then I turn on some good upbeat Christian music, because a little private karaoke session is always good for my soul. Finally, I stop isolating myself (I can’t be the only one who prefers to be miserable alone) and I call a friend. If there is no friend available at the time, writing is a close second for me. Somehow when I process those feelings I’ve been having it releases me from their grasp. When I feel securely anchored, I can feel those peaceful feelings of hope returning and I know that Christ and my relationship with Him are a prize worth fighting for!
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Song: Prize Worth Fight For by Jamie Kimmett
Inky Johnson’s loss was much greater than a day’s dark feelings. But I love how other people’s stories of overcoming loss can really help me put my own discouragement in perspective.
What can you do today to anchor more securely in Christ?