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Carrying Resilient, Anchored Hope

January 9, 2021 4 min read

These days I’ve been thinking about hope. Considering our current reality as a country and world, I feel like it’s pretty obvious why. We are a people driven by fear and shame and power. We elbow our way into rooms and conversations, seeming to be unafraid of who or what we destroy. And in these days, love and self-control and truth seem far away, and some days, hope feels furthest of all.

Hope—like joy—is a choice. It persists despite my current reality because it is rooted and grounded in something, in someone who existed long before this current moment in history and who will exist long after.

Hope Anchored in Something More

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
And the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
And nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
And his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
And the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:1-5 (NLT)

This is resilient hope. This is where resilient hope lives and breathes. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

The light shines in the darkness
In my heart
In my apartment building
In my neighborhood
In my city
In my country
In this world
And the darkness can never extinguish it.

There is nothing more terrifying than darkness—in all its forms. Yet Jesus—savior of the world—promises that no amount of darkness will extinguish His light and the light He puts inside of us.

Our hearts are dark. They are full of sin and deceit and a thousand other things that lead us away from the Father. As hard as we try, we will never completely overcome our own darkness. I think most people—regardless of religion—are aware of this reality. We are flawed and broken. We are a mess. Day after day, the darkness tries to gain ground, and hope—the light around us—seems to fade.

Unless.
Unless there is a light the darkness cannot extinguish. Unless there is a light that shines even in our dark hearts.

Hope that Stands Firm

For me, this light has a name.
He is Jesus.
He is more than a prophet or teacher or good man or a figure from history. He is God, and He is God with us—Immanuel.
He gave up everything for me and for you, and He deeply desires a right relationship. He is the creator who longs to reconcile the created, and I believe our souls long for the same.

Friends, our hearts are fragile. Our minds and bodies are weak. We don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. We’re not god, and we were never meant to be. Without something, without someone lasting, hope cannot stand. It cannot be resilient. Darkness will always defeat it and cloud our hearts and minds and souls once again.

A light shines in the darkness
and the darkness cannot extinguish it.

You and I have to exercise hope. We have to use it like a muscle, to remind our weary souls of truth. And in a world where things change constantly, we have to anchor to something that has lasted well before we could breathe, and something that will last well after we die.

For me, the answer is clearly Jesus. It always has been, and it always will be. I know that’s not the case for everyone, and I deeply love and respect those who choose differently. Because I believe our creator God gave us the right to choose.

Your Resilient, Anchored Hope

Friend, no matter what you believe, no matter what or who you follow, can I ask you some deeply important questions? What or who is your hope rooted and grounded in? What sustains it? And is that person or thing strong enough to carry it despite your current reality?

Hope is alive. It needs to move and grow, because it is living and breathing. And we need to carry it into the darkness of our world. Friends, the world needs a hope that is lasting—like a light that the darkness can never extinguish. As hard as we try, no human can be this kind of hope.

So friend, how is your hope? Is it resilient? Is it active? Is it rooted in and sustained by something or someone truly lasting?

The Word [Jesus] gave life to everything that was created
And his life brought light to everyone
The light shines in the darkness,
And the darkness can never extinguish it.

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