If you hold on, despite what you’re feeling right now, and delay what dangerous thing you wish to do, hope will once again abide. Like it did before. Or, like it never has. If you believe.
Belief has the power of possibility about it. When all hope has been annulled, possibility is still a hope. Yes, even when we have no hope left. Possibility can be conjured in the mind even if it cannot be felt in the heart, because what is possible is beyond our conceiving.
So, with possibility, run with hope, even if hope has vanished. Even as hope is vanquished, and a plummeting is experienced, there is hope if we do not give up.
Such is hope when we have no hope: to keep going as if there were hope. That’s faith.
Faith gets us through all sorts of torment if we believe it will teach us something.
There is the purpose to the torment you’re currently experiencing. If you’ll only wait on the revelation of that purpose, you’ll soon learn of it.
Because grief is the other side of the deepest love, it holds keys to the enjoyment of life that we cannot embrace unless we’ve been through it. We have to hold on through the entire journey. We ought therefore to believe it’s for our ultimate benefit.
It is always tempting to give up, and we have to find ways of giving up safely, so we can rest and then re-enter the fray at a time when we feel we can. There’s no shame in being overcome. But there is glory in choosing to believe we can overcome again.
Hold onto this hope: the hope that’s vanished will once again, or for the first time ever, abide.
Steve Wickham is a writer who holds degrees in Science, Divinity, and Counseling.