Yesterday, I woke up in a mood. I felt hopeless and in need of hope. Where I felt that I was not where I was supposed to be in my life. It’s no secret that I’m in a transition period. I made a necessary change in my life. Although it was the best decision that I could have made, it also brought serious doubts. Last year, I decided that I would take a break from teaching.
I was having difficulty coping with the fact that if I went back to work for the new school year, my schedule would be even more hectic. I was dissatisfied with having to put my goals on the back burner and run on other people’s schedule, so I quit and decided to make a run toward my goal of writing full-time. A lofty idea, right? But at the time I was feeling hopeless in a situation that I felt stuck in. I had to jump, even if I didn’t know the outcome.
Most of the time since my resignation, I have been in good spirits. Even though if you look on the surface it appears as if my family and I are in a desperate situation. We are not. Our necessary needs are met and we are continuing our exact lifestyle as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening. So why would the feeling of hopelessness crawl into existence if everything is going so well? My hopeless feelings come from not knowing what my future holds. It comes from not feeling as if I’m contributing to the world. Hopelessness arises when my faith is wavering. This is something I have to fix immediately.
In order to fix my wavering faith, I lean toward the Lord when hopelessness strikes. I know that he wouldn’t lead me down the wrong path. I know that in his word he says, “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8: 24-25). My hopelessness comes from not knowing. Following what I know is the Lord’s plan, sometimes means following the plan blindly and being okay with that. Romans 8:24-25 points out that hope is not what we are seeing, but rather hope is having that tenacity to keep going even when things look shady.
When I’m in a state of hopelessness there are times I don’t even know what direction, I should head into. I don’t even know what to pray for. To be honest, when it appears the Lord is not answering my prayers, I get frustrated. In my mind, I’m thinking why would I state the same prayer repeatedly if I haven’t seen any movement or my blessings yet. Again, in Romans chapter 8 verse 26 the word states, “The Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us…”
We must understand that for us to change our hopelessness to hope we must have faith that everything is working out. Not that everything WILL work out, no we must understand that they ARE working out as we speak. When we move boldly through our lives there is no way for hope to escape. Hoping is a sign that you are believing that whatever is in store for you is happening for a reason and at the exact time it needs to.
Hopelessness is a sign of worry. Worry is a sign of a lack of faith. As Christians, we must hold onto our faith because it is the only thing that will allow us to have the hope we need to move through storms and tribulations. Allow the Lord to process your feelings, go to him in prayer and meditation when you feel hopeless. Even when you do not know what you are needing in your life at the moment. The Lord knows and will guide you in the right direction. It’s important to remember that a bad day does not mean a bad life.
You can easily change a bad day into a good one if you put effort into finding the hope. It won’t be easy every day. Some days will be fine, but as life goes there will also be some that we deem bad. When those hopeless days arise, remember that you are not alone. Feel okay with not knowing and give your concerns to the Lord. Being able to go from hopelessness to hope requires you to have unshakeable faith, the type of faith that can move mountains.
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