Spring started a few days ago. For me, it’s the time of freshness. It’s the time when nature is waking up from its long winter sleep, when beauty is rising out of the cold. Spring is also the time of hope. Hope and new beginnings. That’s what the real meaning of hope is for me, renewal, the light at the end of a dark tunnel.
We could say the same about Easter too. Spring and Easter are then intrinsically linked. They both remind us of the triumph of life over death. There is hope, actually more than hope. It is the faith, the belief, the truth that death is defeated forever. Through love. How much power does love have? So much that it can destroy even sin and death forever.
Faith, hope, and love are three virtues that work together. Every time I go through hard times, I have to think of these three virtues. If there is nothing positive left, I know there is always hope. Hope is something that I’m holding on to when times are tough. I pray and talk to God. I know then I don’t need to be afraid because I’m never alone. For a worrier like me, this is so reassuring.
So what is the meaning of hope and is hope important? I studied the definition of hope and looked at the true meaning of hope in my post ‘Spring of hope: What is the meaning of hope?‘ that you can read here.
As we are approaching Easter there is also hope everything will be much more peaceful. People will celebrate and rejoice together. We forget about our struggles for a while. We give them to God, just like me at night with my worries.
But again, we can’t just rely on Him, that He will do everything for us. I did find out that while I pray for strength and that God leads me the right way, it’s still up to me to decide. So we can’t blame God when we choose to go a different way. He gave us power and free will. It’s up to us to use it and make the best possible out of the situation. Not selfish but beneficial for us, for the world, for the future.
What does hope mean to you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment.