I know that “hope and change” have become synonomous with a political campaign, but I assure you I do not want to get political. Hope and change have been on my mind lately as they are great things and both are instrumental in personal growth. They are both also conscious choices that we must make. Sometimes day by day, and some days minute by minute. Hope can be innate, but I’ve found over the last few years that it is also often a choice; reminding oneself of truths even when they aren’t evident. There is truth in Jesus Christ and when we allow Him lordship over our lives, there is hope and healing. There are still bad times and dark days, but in Him we have strength, peace, and clarity. In Jesus, there is a truth that loves, and heals, and transforms. Without the old, we cannot have the new. Without the junk and hardship of life, we cannot experience personal transformation. Transformation that makes us better versions of ourselves. And sometimes we just need the reminder that something beautiful can, no will, come out of our hardships if we can just hang on to hope (check out Romans 8:28).
There can be no butterfly without the caterpillar. They are the same being essentially, but it’s a new life, completely different than the old. And it shows. Let our renewal in Christ be as evident. Let it be beautiful. And if we are still stuck in the darkness of the cocoon, may hope continually be our guide until the light can break through.
I know of so many people who are going through the dark times right now. And my heart sometimes physically aches for them. There are so many needs, so many people facing devastating diagnoses, family issues, personal decisions, lost or struggling loved ones, chronic pain, etc and all of the people who love them are affected too. I will continue to pray, but I also want to encourage. Keep pushing. Keep going. Hold onto hope. The light will break through if you keep pressing on. On the darkest of days, remind youself of what God has already done in your life and remember that He isn’t finished taking care of you. God is good always, even when we can’t see it and don’t understand why these things are happening or what good could possibly come out of it. Don’t set limits on a limitless God. We know that He works on behalf of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), and He will allow something beautiful to be born of the bad stuff if we allow Him to.
Change isn’t always comfortable or even welcome. But it’s necessary. It’s growth. It can be physical or internal and it builds off of the things that we’ve done that we regret or the things that have happened to us that are beyond our control. It molds us and shapes us into something usable and something beautiful. God has given us, through Jesus, hope that we do not have to remain victims of our circumstances. Our circumstances may not change for the better, but we will.
I am unconcerned if this sounds cheesy to some people, because I know that God wants me to say it. Trust that the one who brought you out of darkness still loves you and is still working in your life.