I've found that when I finally get to the end of myself, to the place where I know that God has to show up, because I am totally helpless and done for otherwise...That is when I find hope.
Because as long as I'm trusting myself or some other human to rescue me from the latest disaster (A Series of Unfortunate Events could be an accurate title for life at the Love's over the past few months.), I'm preoccupied with all the what if's and maybe's. But when I finally surrender and say, "OK Lord, You have to do this, because I can't!", the stress decreases, joy bubbles up in my heart, and HOPE flies in and perches in my soul. I love that line from Emily Dickinson. A painting of a branch holding a bird's nest, lettered with Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul hangs in my living room.
When my hope is in HIM, I can rest and trust; because He is good and what He does is good (Psalm 119:68)!
I also find that when I quit striving and just hope in Him, often the most wonderful surprises happen, because He is infinitely more creative and imaginative than I could ever be.
Place all your HOPE in HIM!
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
in you I trust, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one whose hope is in you
will ever be put to shame,
but they will be put to shame
who are treacherous without excuse.
Show me your ways, O LORD,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
I love this song by Third Day, echoing the words of the psalmist...My Hope is in You!