Hope is an interesting concept. It can be the thing that people desire most while simultaneously being the most difficult thing to maintain.

Fall semester was difficult for me- the break afterwards even more so. I may have been able to take a break from my academic life and, for a bit, my work life, but my personal life didn’t stop. And, to be honest, it was one of the most difficult months of my life. But it was also one of the most growing months of my life.

I learned that I need to rely on God and not people because people will always fail us. It is a sad reality of living in a sinful world. God is the only one that can truly be there for us 100% of the time in the way that we need.

I learned that even when my heart has been ripped in two, God still holds both halves and He will slowly sew those halves back together. He will heal me, even when I am hurting, afraid, and scared to trust. He will still hold my heart and He will still care for me. Even when I turn my back on Him, He still pursues me.

I learned that it is important to rest but it is also important to keep moving and be productive. We don’t do ourselves any favors when we sit around all day without doing anything. It isn’t good for you mentally, emotionally, or physically. There is a fine line between rest and laziness.

The most important thing that I learned, though, is the importance of hope.

In the darkest of moments, there is still hope. God still gives us hope. It may not be good now. It may feel terrible now. But there is still hope for the future. As the hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness puts it, God gives us “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”. No matter how hard it gets and how difficult it is, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sometimes we can’t see it. Sometimes hope is hard to find and even harder to keep. Sometimes it is easier to sit in the despair and anguish than fight out of it and choose to hope. It is a choice but it is not an easy one by any means.

So here is your reminder: sometimes life is hard. Sometimes it hurts and it feels easier to just shut down and block it all out. But there is always something better out there, if you look for it. God can make a way. It just takes a lot of hope- and a whole lot more trust. But that is a different lesson for another day 🙂

I hope that you all are having a wonderful January and, for you students, a great start to your semester!!

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