There are times in our lives when we have the world by the tail, so to speak. We are at the top of our game and life is good. Those pinnacle moments are short-lived, but fun. Other times, we are waiting for better times, a more peaceful life, and sometimes even waiting for hope. Yes, that's correct, waiting for hope or hoping for hope.
I read an article this past week that when women feel hopelessness, it is often a sign of a magnesium deficiency. I'd never heard that, but it would certainly be worth a try. When our bodies are lacking proper nutrition, it not only affects our body, but also our minds and emotions. One thing I recommend to every counseling client struggling with depression is a good checkup and a vitamin/mineral regime. The disclaimer is always: ask your doctor first. The list is as follows:
Flax or fish oil
Emergen C vitamin mixture
B complex sublingle, dissolve under tongue
At least that is a good start after seeing your doctor and getting his/her approval. There also are many times that a good anti-depressant will do the trick. Too much stress depletes the "feel good chemicals" in your brain, and they have to be replaced.
Then, when all of that is begun, sometimes we just have to exercise good old fashioned faith. Faith that God knows what he is doing even when we do not. Faith that better times are around the corner. Hoping for hope is sometimes the best we can do, but standing on God's word is the only way to increase faith. Faith comes by hearing the word. His word will do in your life what a thousand positive thinking seminars cannot: the word brings hope.
The word also gives examples of those who went through the valley and felt despair, yet they looked up and saw God. Job is an excellent example. He lost everything. His friends were miserable comforters. His wife told him to just curse God and die. Yet, he cried out to God in his despair, and God blessed Job twice as much as he had in the beginning. Only God. Did Job lose hope? I believe he felt hopeless, but he knew where to take that hopelessness. God honored his faith. Some have said faith is not faith until that's all you're hangin' on to. Faith isn't a feeling, and we know that. Faith is just saying: "I do not understand, but I choose to trust You."
I read a story about missionary Amy Carmichael. She was a missionary in China, Japan and finally in India. She served there for around 50 years, I believe. She was needed to go through the jungle and there had been reports of a lion lurking about. A little man with one leg came to her and told her he would accompany her.
She smiled and asked, "dear man, how would you help me if we met the lion in the way?"
He answered: "Have I not a life to give?" His meaning of course, was that he would lay down his life and be lion lunch, so that she could escape the paws of the lion.
Sometimes hope eludes us when we seek it ... as happiness does. But it is when we seek to bring it to another that we find that which we long for: hope, When we lay down our life for another, thus for our Lord, then we find hope.
One of my favorite journal entries from my late daughter, Kristin's journals is on April 13, 2007 - "But I am tired of being safe and comfortable. I want to rescue children out of the paws of the lion. I want to be a radical Christian for you, Jesus. I want you to turn the world upside down through me. I want to love those who the world throws out. I want to carry the broken, and hug the contaminated. I lay aside my will for Thine, O Lord: my schedules, hopes, plans, agendas, dreams, and I cast them at thy feet. I am no longer looking for my Prince, I have had him all along: my Prince of Peace. It is fine with me if I die at 30 years old never being kissed or never having a boyfriend, as long as I have completed the purpose and life you have planned for me. You my Jesus gave your all for me. I want to pour every drop of me out for You! When I die, I just want it to be said of Me: She loved her Jesus. You are all I want Abba!"
She found hope in giving up all hope for a "normal life." So it is with you and I. "Normal" is nothing more than a setting on the clothes dryer. Everyone wants normal and everyone wants hope. It is when we accept abnormal and seek to bring hope to someone else, we find all we need and are filled with more hope than we thought possible.
"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, but, when the desire comes, it is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12
(Kimberly Morgan is a homeschool mom and wife in Elkins. She with her husband, Jamie, founded Kristin's Hope, an organization to aid the children of the Appalachian Mountains and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She is also counselor at Cornerstone Christian Counseling. Contact: email@example.com)