You feel there is no hope, no hope at all.
No light to beckon you back out of darkness.
And so you despair.
But when you experience this hopelessness long enough and often enough, you learn the real truth: Hope is ALWAYS there.
You just can’t always perceive it.
And knowing this makes all the difference. Because you can deal with simply not being able to perceive hope – that is a temporary affliction. As long as there is hope out there somewhere – always hope – you can deal with the blindness that comes over you from time to time.
Because the blind can grasp at hope too, grab hold of it, even in their darkness.
More importantly, HOPE always pursues us, knowing full well that we are not able to find it every time. It reaches out and finds us. All we have to do is to quit flailing about in panic and become aware.
It may trickle in small, in the way you notice the beauty of the sunlight caressing the lawn in the late afternoon, or how amazing it is that you can draw in breath that keeps your body running from moment to moment. It may be as simple as becoming aware of how your sweater hugs you so warmly, or the fact that you can still smile just for yourself. Don’t be fooled by how small these pin pricks of light are. They are far from trivial, because they build on each other to lift the blindness from you. They grow and let more light flood in, until finally, you can see hope in all its vastness and glory again.
If you feel hopeless, take this advice from a veteran warrior in the fight against depression:
- Hope is always there.
- Trust in that.
- Become still enough to let it find you.
- That’s all you have to do for now.
- Everything is going to be all right.
Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6