I believe that God is able to do all sorts of stuff that we can't even begin to imagine. I have seen him do incredible redemption work in the lives of people that would seem to have the deck stacked against them, people who have survived unspeakable acts and wrestled with paralyzing feelings of self-loathing and self-doubt as a result of what has happened to them. Some of them have processed what has happened to them and have begun to embrace the soul scars as beautiful details of who they are. Yes! It is possible to get to that place.
I have also seen people who have stayed mired in their pain unable to do anything, being identified only by their pain and their scars. My heart has broken as I have sat with those who have not been able to see past the hole they are in, the graffiti left on their souls by those who would make and keep them small.
I have been both types of people. I have been stuck in the darkness of my heart, mind, and soul - places so dark that it was impossible to believe that any life could ever make it to light. The painful residue of abuse, addictions, and bad choices has had me bereft of all but the tiniest amount of hope.
But, it was that infinitesimal spark of hope that has sometimes allowed me to make it to another day that was fanned by God's grace and the affirmation of community that became a roaring fire of life and healing. It has not been a linear path of growth, and admittedly, there are times when I am weary and darkness begins to creep in again.
But that spark remains, the knowledge that our hope can be found in God the one who has a vision for us, his children. Who does not and will not give up on us - ever!
Join me, won't you? Let's come together in this space called Hope at the Center, to remind each other that God is faithful. Let's share our stories and lift each other up with reminders that hope is not lost and Jesus is faithful. Let’s bring our fears and failures, joys and triumphs here.
We need to see ourselves as he sees us, filled with potential and beauty, and lovely just as we are.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 15:13, NLT)