Featured Essay: Never Lose Hope, by Anida

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Dear Readers: Sister Anida, a photographer living in Malaysia, wrote the following essay to spread a message of hope to others. Read more of her inspirational work at www.aubosanka.wixsite.com/bosnienne.

Never lose hope.

When you are going through those toughest moments, there is a way out. It just takes a little patience and ample time.

Life is tough. It drags you down, to get you up. Even the toughest moments are precious. They teach you to be patient, strong and persistent. They lead you to Him, they get you closer to God. To God who has already decreed your destiny, your tonight and tomorrow.

Have you ever been dragged down and wondered why you kept getting thwacks one after another? There are reasons for that.

When was the last time you thanked your Creator for still letting you breathe and giving you the chance to repent and come back to Him again?

Did you wake up this morning and thank Him for opening your eyes and letting you see those you love one more time?

Gratitude towards The One who created you and your hardships go along, hand in hand.

Never let your hardships get you down. God takes those you love, your family members, your friends, and all other material things, just to replace them with something bigger and better for you. And just when you wondered what could be bigger, more important and loved than your kid, a family member or husband, well there is. There is something greater than all the goods of this world.

And guess what, nothing has ever belonged to you. Not even yourself. Your creator is your Owner. You are just a slave, and don’t get disdainful by forgetting that there is someone out there, Bigger, Greater and more Merciful than anyone else would ever be. It is your Lord. The one who gave you one more day to live.

He gave you the storm to embrace you and get you closer to Him.

Your hardships have never been there to tell you that God has distanced Himself from you. No. It has always been totally opposite. Your hardships have always been there to remind you that you have gone too far from The One who loves you the most.

He is just testing you, giving you a bit of a difficult exam, different than the one you used to take. He surely won’t burden you with more than you can bear. He is The One who is the most merciful, most forgiving and The Great One. The one who is always waiting for you to come back and say:

“Oh My Lord, Forgive me.”

Forgive me for abandoning you. Forgive me for going astray. Forgive me for embracing this perishable world. Forgive me for replacing you with the things that never matter. Forgive me for being haughty, spiteful and proud.

Every night before you go to bed, make a little prayer. Thank Him. Show God that you love Him the way He loves you. Show your gratitude and stay patient through times of hardship.

And remember, He tests only those He loves. Be happy. He is giving you this difficult test to show you His love. And you, you stay patient. Bear the test and show that you love Him and the bigger your test is, your gratefulness towards Him should also be greater.

How Merciful He is. And how unthankful you, man, are.

You sin, you go against His commandments, you disobey Him, and He is still begging you to come back. It is never too late to repent. Turn to your Lord before tomorrow. Ask Him to forgive you all transgressions you have done against Him, yourself, and others.

Life is beautiful. And from whichever side you observe it, it is even more amazing. He sees you transgressing and is still waiting for you to raise your hands and say: “O Mender, mend me. Make me stronger and Help me find the way back to You.”

The time to return to God is now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. Only now would not be too late.

He is giving you the new chance to live His principles now. And how can you, human, a perishable thing, afford to miss it, to ignore His call, and literally refuse His invitation to Heaven?

Get back to God. Leave this world, and all the things that drag you far away from Him. Do not lose hope. Your faith is the faith of hope. Make your relationship with The Creator the strongest one, and everything else will fall into place.

Be happy and follow His commandments. Go through the storm with patience knowing that something wonderful is waiting for you out there. Something that will never end. Something where you will be eternally happy and where there will be no storms. 

Only smooth seas are waiting for you. And the lights that will lead you home.

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