The Road Built in Hope

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Faith, Mental Health | 2 comments

The Road Built in Hope

“It has never been and never will be easy work!

But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair,

even though they both lead to the same destination.”

~Marion Zimmerman Bradley

Life can be so hard.  We have so little control over what happens.  That used to scare me, but I’ve gradually become comfortable trusting God completely and enjoying the only real control I have, control over the way I respond to circumstances, to people, to my own thoughts and feelings.  I can not choose the things that happen to me, I can not control the decisions that other people make, I can not always even control my own feelings and knee jerk reactions.  But I can choose the way I respond.

I think I used to have some sense of being in control of my life that I maintained through certain practices like worrying, holding grudges, excessive planning, constant anticipation of worst case scenario.  Disappointingly enough, these things didn’t work.  I worried over and tried to control certain events, but some of them happened anyway, and lots of other things that never even occurred to me to worry about happened too.  I held grudges and harbored offenses towards people, but while they moved on without noticing or caring, I sprouted bitterness and anger that took a toll on my relationships.  I planned and planned and prepared and then planned more, but my plans faded away and I missed out on what was actually happening in the moment.  I did work overtime anticipating the worst case scenario, but it never happened as horribly as I imagined, not even once, and I bathed myself in anxiety in the process.

So on my worst days now, I wake up, let myself feel sad or hurt or angry or scared or whatever for awhile, and then I purpose to trust God and tuck hope, peace, joy, and forgiveness away in my heart.  I choose these things instead of despair. No matter what.  It is not and never will be easy. It takes intentionality.  It takes prayer.  It takes blind faith. But oh. my. heavens.  It is so worth it.

Turns out I take a ton of pictures of my family walking on roads.  Here is a sampling that made me think of traveling the road built in hope…

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Enjoy the journey, it's just as meaningful and beautiful as the destination

 

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Laugh! There is so much to enjoy along the way. If you can't find anything, try sticking a poodle in your pocketbook...

 

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Enjoy your journey with friends. Forgive the ones who hurt you and focus on the ones who love you.

 

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Ask someone more mature for help in facing your fears and giant problems. If you can't find a person, God is the best counselor.

 

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Keep moving forward in faith and confidence, there is purpose in this journey

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

2 Comments

  1. Nice to hear your thoughts on life’s stuggles. I too need the spiritual & find great comfort in faith and hope. Love ya Cuz.

    • I’m so glad to hear from you, thanks for reading!

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