A Biblical Call to Dwell in Hope

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. — Psalm 119:105

The past year and a half have been hard on all of humanity. With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on life as we knew it, nothing is the same anymore.

Collectively, our plans to study further, get ahead at work, build a family, travel more, have gone for a toss. Health and family life have now taken priority. And the way we process the shifting world around us has changed irrevocably.

“This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.”

Now, we all have plans- plans for a future, where we succeed in love, at work, and anything else that we set our heart & mind on. If there’s one thing that COVID-19 taught us, it is that our plans can only take us so far. Ultimately, we achieve a modicum of peace when we come to the acceptance that God’s bigger plan is at work in our lives; it is one that we may not fully comprehend, that we may not have the intelligence to envision, and one that can be infinitely more beautiful than the plans we have made, if only, we let Him work through us.

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On a lighter vein, you may have envisioned your life to be a rom-com, but it has turned out to be a roller coaster ride! Buckle up, and know that God is at the wheel. Hold fast to Him and let Him steer you through your troubles…

“You are Fearfully & Wonderfully Made.”

Soon, I gave in and began believing these lies. I thought myself to be completely ‘useless’ and wanted to die.

It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I was an abuse victim. It took me a lot longer to accept what I would have to do to heal again.

God created us for a unique purpose. He finds us worthy and deserving of truly remarkable things.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

“Hate the Sin, not the Sinner.”

This idea of hating the sin and loving the sinner is seen across several Biblical passages-

1. Don’t place your convictions on people, place them on God.

In the New Testament, there are several instances when Jesus goes against manmade constructs & established norms concerning gender, power and privilege. He is kind to the woman at the well, He looks down on the hypocrisy of authoritarian figures (Mathew 23), His twelve chosen apostles were ordinary men who had their own doubts and struggles.

2. The Divine rests within all of us.

As much as we seek the divine within ourselves, we must admit- the same Divine exists within the people that may have hurt us. To hate them, would be to hate the Divine within them.

From Pain to Purpose

I firmly believe that God gives us trials in the measure we can take; we are given the strength to withstand the challenges that come our way.

Our pain isn’t something that can be escaped, or fixed by someone else. We must sit with our own pain, feel it deeply and reach out to God.

In time, we will learn how to look to God, not at the problem, just like Daniel did when he was in the lion’s den.

I have discovered that there is nothing more powerful than hitting rock bottom & choosing hope over despair.

There are several Biblical passages that speak about the opportunity we have in our brokenness to become stronger, more graceful and closer to God-

Our challenges and setbacks can become the source of our greatest joy. For this to happen, we must surrender all our human tendencies of logic and ego…

I have a lot more to say on this topic, which would be better served in Part 2 of this blog. Do let me know how you liked this read and if you would want to see more blogs on Christianity, spirituality, hope and healing.



Wanderer, writer, memory collector.

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