Hope seems to get lost a lot. It’s easy to accidentally kick it under the bed or lose it in the couch cushions. I found mine once in a pile of dirty laundry. I’m not quite sure how that happened. It must have been the day I was changing the sheets on my bed and kicked my shin one too many times. But I found it soon after a good cry and a pick-me-up pep talk with a blueberry muffin.
Hope hides the best when the sorrows get too big and the problems pile up one after the other. One problem isn’t all that bad to face. We face those all the time. But when things keep adding up and we become loaded down with more and more difficulties, that’s when hope slips away.
But don’t get too discouraged. Hope can be found. It’s never that far away. I discovered if I pause for a moment and rest my thoughts, hope comes out of hiding all on its own. Sounds impossible, I know. But it’s not. You are never wading too deep in your struggles and never have too many problems for hope to completely disappear for good.
Hope is that little ray of light that you see in the darkest of nights. It’s that tiny whisper that says “everything is going to be okay.” It’s that moment of calm in the middle of a raging storm.
If you have lost your hope, pause for a moment; set aside every pain, sorrow, difficulty and struggle as you reflect on the joys, blessings, and smiles around you. We all have them, those precious things in life that make our hearts come alive. When you take time to reflect on those things is when hope comes out of hiding and begins to grow deep inside you.
Never believe, even for a moment, that you aren’t valued or needed, because you are. Pause and rest as you reflect on all those precious things in your life that truly matter. It could be things from days gone by, people who make you smile, or thoughts of completing something exciting on your bucket list.
It’s never too late to do something amazing and your are never too disabled to give up on a dream. There is always hope.