Extending Hope

Extending Hope

“There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance”. Ecc. 3:4

Life has many seasons of which we all must pass. While we are passing through one season, someone else is passing through another. It is easy to forget that while we are on a mountain top, someone else may be in a valley. Rather than look at each other with a critical spirit, we must reach down from our high place and extend a hand to help them out of the abyss.

Whether we are at a pinnacle in life or low in a pit, we can become so absorbed with ourselves and what is going on in our own lives that we fail to recognize where others are at in theirs. It is human nature to be drawn to the upbeat person who always seems to be happy and yet withdraw from the ones who are down. If it is only the upbeat that we care about and desire to be around and we find ourselves avoiding the disheartened than I question if our hearts are truly for the hurting.

We are told in the Word to weep with those who weep as well as to rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:1). It is always easy to rejoice, be happy and celebrate but who wants to truly deal with the brokenhearted? Jesus does, and He asks us to do the same. Jesus Himself wept with Mary and Martha (John 11:35). He met them where they were at and showed compassion. When Lazarus came back to life the mourning ended and undoubtedly a time of great celebration ensued.

No one will deny that the times of weeping and mourning will come but how many recall the times of laughter and dancing that follow. We must give hope and remind one another that “ Weeping may last the night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5)
We are all at different places in our journey but we must be aware of the one who’s head is hanging low as well as the one who is forcing a smile for the sake of others. We must stay sensitive to others so that we might recognize that they are in a low place. We must also take the time to pray with them and hold their hand as they walk through that dark place. Finally, we must encourage them never to lose hope.

One day we may be the one reaching up for a hand of hope.

By melissasmccormick