I’m willing to be hopeful against all natural odds this 2022. The universe already hit us with a global pandemic in 2020 and the effects spilt into last year. Our businesses, schools and our usual day to day were at a standstill for a bit and needed restructuring as a consequence.
I mean, now we even have the option of taking classes and meetings via Zoom which was not so rampant before 2020. The whole shift took a toll on our emotions and mental health too.
Do you know that the rates of depression and anxiety increased by over 25% during and after the pandemic?
A lot of people had to go through some major restructuring in order to survive and many lost hope. So, this year, I’m choosing to hope against all odds. To hope is to want something to happen and to believe that it is possible
Who against hope believed in hopeRomans 4:18 (KJV)
I am starting a series on the blog called ‘Believing in Hope‘. This would be a curation of Bible stories and life experiences to which we would encourage ourselves and push ourselves towards hope.
The thing about bible stories is we have heard them so often that we think they are just that – stories. And because most fairytales end with a living happily ever after, seldom do they hit home as real-life experiences.
Take the story of Abraham for example, many of us have heard of how he held onto the promise of a child and had to wait 25 years until that promise was fulfilled. 25 whole years!! I cannot relate to waiting for the fruit of the womb for so long but imagine waiting an extra 25 years before I get married? (I can hear my mom and aunty saying God forbid🤣)
Imagine waiting 25 years before I get the dream job or before I get my career on its feet?
Abraham and Sarah were both honoured as people of faith in Hebrews 11 but they had their fair share of doubt. Sarah laughed at the promise in Genesis 18:12 and even Abraham the father of faith laughed in Genesis 17:17. How would they not laugh when they were ‘old and well stricken in age‘. To have a child that old would have been against all scientific, logical and even against all natural odds.
I can imagine how many of their friends or family would have thought they were crazy. I am almost sure that many would shake their heads at them and think they were just old people with Alzheimer or something, but despite it all, they choose to hope and trust God until they saw the promise.
What is that thing clouding your mind with anxiety? I dare you to challenge that thought with hope today.
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