By Kellie Tipton
What comes to mind when you hear that word?
Most of the time that word is used to describe how you feel about a situation, maybe even your life. It can be a dangerous thought in our mind as we walk out our lives.
This thought matched with desperation can cause someone to make a devastating decision if not brought around to the hope that is found in God's love.
I remember there have been times when things have been so busy and stressful...it felt like it would never end! I had a feeling of hopelessness and I definitely had this thought cross my mind to just walk out the door and go. As if that would make it all go away and be better! Our flesh and also thoughts the enemy sends our way can be so dangerous as we sort through the confusion.
In these times we need to cry out for God's peace and to help us see a way out! It is in those moments we can feel so close to God because he feels our pain, our confusion and our hopelessness.
He is truly the only one who can give us hope and a solution in our situation. Sometimes we just need reassurance that we can keep moving and he is with us, other times we need to just be still and allow Him to restore our strength.
There is a song that always speaks to my heart when I feel this kind of thinking creeping in... "I LIFT MY EYES UP" written by Brian Doerksen. It is a Psalm found in chapter 121. This song has brought such peace as I cry out to God in those times of need.
I will not write the entire Psalm, just the first two verses. The Psalm begins with recognizing we need help and where our help comes from, which is the first step.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills -- Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2)
If you are feeling stuck, or know someone who is, I encourage you to look up Psalm 121 and the song and allow the Lord to fill you with his peace that passes all understanding and give you hope in your situation.