Choose Hope

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…- Hebrews 6:19

Have you ever felt trapped in a dark room with no way out? Your sense of peace is lost,  your faith is wavering, and love is spreading a little thin. But then, out of the corner of your eye, you notice a small ray of light peeking through. That ray of light is called: Hope. And where does hope come from? It comes from above.

The way I see it, we have two options. We can put our hope in one of two things: the world or God. The world looks at how much money you make, your job title, your social status. You constantly feel the pressure of having to keep up with the Joneses, and in the end you are robbed of what joy and peace you had. Your world is a nonstop up-and-down spiral. Nothing stays the same. People pretend to be on your side, they pretend to be your friend, but in reality they are just out to get ahead themselves.

Hope is defined as a confident trust with the expectation of fulfillment. There is always hope as long as you put in in the right place. And I choose to place my hope in God.

In my opening verse hope is described as an anchor. The image that comes to mind is that of a ship’s anchor, holding the ship in place giving it stability, security, strength, and support, preventing us from drifting to places we don’t need to go.

My hope is in God. He is always steadfast. He never changes. His promises are true. And He loves me unconditionally. My situation may not be easy and I may feel like God is not hearing my prayers, but just because something isn’t happening doesn’t mean that it won’t. Maybe God is working it out in a way I never expected. But until then, I can choose to see that small ray of light called hope.

As a believer in Christ Jesus we have every reason for optimism. Why? Our God is a good God. Exodus 34:6 describes Him as compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithful. Romans 8:28 says He is working for our good.

When the wind, waves, and storms of this life seem overwhelming, remember God is right there with you. He will lead your way.  

Be confident in knowing and trusting that God is in control.

Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?”  She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.


2 thoughts on “Choose Hope

  1. Tonia, this is a message I needed to hear this morning–thank you! Even though I “know” in my heart the words and message you share, I’ve had some storms blowing in this week and have been constantly needing to reaffirm that God is in control and He will care for me and His spirit empowers me every second of every day.

    Thank you! I’m thinking of you and sending prayers for your strength, health and healing.

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