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NEVER LET THE FLAME OF HOPE GO OUT

In the course of my journey through life, I have come to understand that HOPE is actually and truly life’s best accomplice. It is the one magic that causes a total fear meltdown and allows faith to take over.

A long time ago, I read a story of a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident. As I read along, something the daughter said struck me. In her words:

“When faced with difficult times, some turn to faith to ease their pain, praying to God that their loved one would survive and return to her normal self. However, the one reaction which is universal and necessary in these difficult times is HOPE. This is the path I chose to take. Hope helped me believe that the doctors at UPenn could fix my mom, make her walk and talk again. Hope helped me believe that the woman who I visited in the hospital, in the wheelchair, with the helmet who was missing the piece of her skull would once again return to being my mom. Hope is one of the most important, if not the most important aid that a family can have when faced with trauma. Hope helped my family and my mother survive the most monumental roadblock in our lives”.

God is the hope that keeps us trusting. Hope is the light in the storms of darkness and frustrations. It is a prayer as well. It powers a man in dire and dreadful situations. Hope is related to patience, they go hand-in-hand and help us to find a way and carry on.

It illuminates the bleak future which stays hidden in piles of darkness and gloom. Hope is a very sweet thing that is essential in human life, paving the way in situations where there are many ups and downs. Like Joseph Addison said, “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for”.

Hope keeps you cool and calm and always powers you to keep patient in the battlefront. There are many hard and huge mountains in human life which always become a barrier in the way of success.

We sometimes get frustrated in the falling and rising processes in life that we may just be tempted to stay down and not rise again because of the injuries we sustain. There is hope in such conditions which make us stand up and depend on God. With this confidence in God, we anticipate something new and good for the future.

The great heroes and legends that fought for independence, justice, peace, and unity for and in their countries……..the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and coming closer home, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, to mention but a few had one thing in common – the propelling force called HOPE.

Even if it was not realized in their time (as was the case of Martin Luther King Jr), these great people fought selflessly not for their own interest but for the good of all. Some like Mandela were fortunate to see their hopes realized in their lifetime.

In the face of all odds, the candle of hope burned constantly. It may have been dim at some point but it never went out. It was constantly ignited and burned brightly because it was kept alive in the hearts of these brave and courageous ones.

Often times we are faced with challenges and the temptation not to go on is so strong that we almost yield to it but I want you to remember, hope laughs in the face of danger, trials and tribulations. Hope laughs in the face of sufferings and pains. You can be somebody. Refuse to be intimidated. Refuse to be trampled upon by the devil and his gimmicks. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”, Eleanor Roosevelt said.

You are great; You are beautiful; You are smart; You have skills and potentials; You are better, stronger, braver much more than you think because you have the spirit of the living God in you. Who is the devil to mess with your destiny? Who are you, my friend to accept the blows of life without a fight?

Look at the wonderful and beautiful survivors of ills and sufferings in the face of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS etc. Even if not cured, they still fight bravely, refusing to go down easily. Look at trauma victims, brave enough to open centers and homes to help people who have gone through psychological trauma as they once did.

They didn’t let their lives end because they were raped, abused, molested, had teenage pregnancy. They survived through it all; they held on firmly to the rope of hope and climbed out of the rut and today, they are a light and source of strength to the world.  Martin Luther King Jr affirms that “everything that is done in the world today is done by hope”.

Hope is key if we are to survive this perilous journey of life.

PHOTO CREDIT: Beliefnet




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