I think we as humans relate to others who have been in the same or similar circumstances who have overcome and made it to the other side. Seeing where others have conquered gives us hope! Sometimes all it takes is hearing about how someone has walked that same tough road and been victorious to give us that necessary glimpse of hope that we need!
I was reading yesterday and once again came across the story in Mark 5:25-34 where the woman who was very sick had hope that Jesus would heal her. She had been suffering for 12 years and had yet to find relief even though she had been under the care of many different doctors. I think at this point I might have wanted to give up! She heard about Jesus and how he had healed others and decided that he might be able to heal her too. She didn't give up hope! She placed her hope (probably her last one) in Jesus because she caught just a glimpse of what He could do! She was rewarded with complete healing!
Think about the story of Joseph. He was sold by his brothers into slavery, and then cast into jail for something he didn't do, and then he was forgotten by someone who promised he would remember him and try to help. I think it would have been easy to give up hope and live in despair down in that jail cell. Instead Joseph believed that God would somehow save him, and chose to do the best he could where he was. He was eventually promoted to a place of honor.
Sometimes I look at those stories from the Bible and think yeah, but that was so long ago. Could that really help me today? Things were so different then, it wasn't so hard to believe that something good could happen from all this bad. There are so many present day real life stories that could be told. There are so many countless people who have lived through things that should never have happened and yet have come out to be wonderful people who live relatively normal lives. I think of people like Tyler Perry, Maya Angelou, Joyce Meyer and many others who have overcome and seek to change the world to make it a better place. They seek to do something beneficial with their pain to bring hope to others. I pray that my story will also inspire others and give hope.
If you are struggling to see hope, look around! No matter how you feel you are not alone!! There are so many people dealing with pain, some just hide it better than others. Find that glimpse of hope and hang on to it! True healing can sometimes be a painful process, but is so worth it! I'm here to tell you that there is hope for a full and amazing life after the pain of horrible abuse! I'm living proof of that!