These may be buried deep. Lying dormant. Hidden away in a dry, dark place.
I found a new favorite Dan Allender quote in his book Sabbath.
The truest fruit of repentance is always hope, even in the face of overwhelming and unrelenting dour circumstances. Hope is not mere optimism; rather it is moving forward in anticipation of redemption in spite of the improbability of rescue. (185)
Those overwhelming and unrelenting dour circumstances look different for everyone. Whatever you feel a need to be rescued from is your overwhelming circumstance.
What does it look like to move forward, anticipating redemption, in the midst of the dour? We were given a beautiful model of this in Kara Tippetts and her story.
Not all of us are called to cancer. To physical illness. Some of us have emotional cancer. Mental pain. Some have parenting struggles or relational issues. Some can’t remember what hope feels like. Some never knew.
Whatever your circumstance, I pray this for you tonight.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.