hope: when whispers reach us in the darkness

hope - rain - trees - countryside - car window view - when whispers reach us in the darkness (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

Do you feel that? It is a calm shift in the wind. Do you hear that? It is a soft whisper of hope. Do you see that? It is the divine hand of guidance, mercifully extended to aid our good fight.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

Times of darkness within and without can disappoint, defeat and drag our souls down. It feels as if we’re saturated in sadness and sorrow. But when we’re low and downcast, that’s when we most need to seek after God.

If we can train ourselves to listen to the small whispers of hope He offers us, and deliberately look for the tiny glimmers of light shining in the darkness, then we’re on our way to becoming brighter, bolder and stronger, as our faith and courage rise up.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” — Psalm 42:5 NIV

Whispers of hope

I am determined
that these dismal, dull and drear,
unrelenting rainy days

will not steal my joy
or dissipate the fragile 
faith I retain that they

will pass, and we will see
radiant glimpses of sunlight
breaking through at last. 

Because nature whispers
songs of hope
into my ears, lingering

long after the singing
dies away, but the message
I retain is stronger,

more vibrant than the dirge
of prematurely darkened
days, replete with heavy rain.

There's a thundering
of wetness against glass,
of wind hissing through the eaves,

seeking admittance
through snaking draughts
and damp, chilly air

that makes us want to wrap 
ourselves in warmth 
from autumn 'til spring will come.

But faith will have her way,
weaving a thread of hope
through the darkest of days,

sighing in our souls 
in harmony with grace,
an eternal melody of light

and a kind of hope-fuelled
joy nothing can steal away;
dim as the wick might be

sometimes, it's still more
than a match, more than 
enough for life's storms.
© joylenton
hope - rain - storm - whispers of hope poem excerpt (c) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

“God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.” ― Catherine Marshall

6 thoughts on “hope: when whispers reach us in the darkness

    • Shirley, I’m grateful for your kind comments which are “always filled with grace “ and encourage me in sharing the words I am given. Bless you, my friend! 😊❤️

  1. Dear Joy,
    OH, what a blessing to read your beautiful words here today, singing through the dreariness that creeps around my own heart. I love this so much:

    “But faith will have her way,
    weaving a thread of hope
    through the darkest of days,”

    That thread may feel so slender to us, but it is so very strong. Thank you for these reminders here today that HE will bring to us the hope that we can cling to. I am so grateful that He finds such ways to stir our eyes to see from a different perspective–HIS way of Life for us. Blessings, love, and hugs for you my dear friend! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, it makes such a difference to have faith threading its way through our days, as does God’s goodness and grace. The darkness we experience can be so stifling, can’t it? Yet nothing can stop God’s hope and light breaking through it all. I share your gratitude in being given the means to sense our trials and our lives from “a different perspective “ which totally changes how we feel and think. May we more willingly embrace “HIS way of life for us” even if it leads through darkened pathways, pain, problems and trials. Because God accompanies us through them all. He never lets go of us. Blessings, love and hugs to you, too, my dear encouraging friend! xoxo 💜

  2. Joy, what a beautiful thing to read today! Your poem is such a good reminder to look for the glimmers of hope. I love these lines and following:
    “But faith will have her way,
    weaving a thread of hope
    through the darkest of days,”
    Yes, so very true. Thank you so much for being so faithful even when you are in pain and go through dark days. Blessings and love to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

    • Gayl, I’m so glad you were blessed and encouraged here. I need all the reminders I can get to keep on looking for the light when life gets hard and grim. Sunny weather helps a lot but we’ve been in the midst of weeks of rainfall so every tiny glimmer of sunlight counts. Especially when we’re waiting to get our leaky roof fixed but it hasn’t been dry or settled enough for the repair to take place! There’s always something that seems to trouble our souls, isn’t there? But then there’s always a silver lining if we deliberately seek it out and draw closer to God. His grace gives brightness to the darkest of days. Blessings and love to you, too, sweet sister/poet/friend! xoxo 💜

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