I love how Andrew Peterson describes hope as the belief that something good is coming.
When he was experiencing this season of depression he describes in the video his wife would often repeat that phrase. He needed that reminder because when you’re in that darkness it can feel like it’s going to last forever. It’s the new normal. You lose all hope because you believe you’ll never feel sunshine again.
But something good is coming.
It reminded me of an Ask Andrew W.K. article where someone asked “How Do I Get Through Dark Times?”
Andrew’s response focused on the cycle of light and darkness that all of us experience. Nothing lasts forever. Life is constantly changing and transitioning just like the night always changes into day.
“We must not mistake the experience of darkness as a sign of torturous death or the end of all good things. It is just a turning point, a part of a cycle. And once the darkness has completed its part of the pattern, the shadows will retreat, the sun will rise, and the light will return once more.”
And he ends the piece with this:
The shadows aren’t always bad. Sometimes they’re just the result of so much light around the corner.
Some times we can remind the people we love that something good is coming. But some times all we can do is be their anchor and believe it for them.
We want them to have hope so it changes their outlook but we also need to let the hope we believe in change our outlook on them. We can sit and listen to their heartache and pain without worrying or nervously trying to offer any advice that comes to mind because we KNOW that something good is coming for them.
We can be patient.
We can wait.
We can love.
In Lord of the Rings Sam knows he’s not allowed to carry the Ring for Frodo. It’s Frodo’s burden to bear. But when Frodo is at his weakest Sam proclaims “I can’t carry it for you but I can carry you.”
Something good is coming.