Letting Hope Out of the Box

I’ve found that the reoccurring theme in my life recently has been about taking risks, trusting the unseen and embracing the unfamiliar. In pondering all these things, I’m brought back to the lesson of Pandora’s Box.

Now, for those of you who haven’t brushed up on your Greek mythology in the past few years, Pandora is the woman who is accredited for releasing evil into the world. See, Pandora was the guardian of a box. A box that was never to be opened. Of course, in this mythological twist on the story of Adam and Eve, Pandora’s curiosity got the best of her and the box didn’t stay closed. The moment it was opened, a myriad of evil creatures rushed out into the world. Pandora struggled to shut the lid and revoke her bad decision, but it was too late. Pandora had been burned. And what’s a girl to do when she’s just released a whole horde of evil into the world?

Then came a tiny voice, begging to be set free. But Pandora was afraid. She had caused so much harm already. What if this made it worse? But for some reason, Pandora decided to take the risk. She decided to trust this thing that she couldn’t see. Tenaciously she opened the box… and hope floated out on butterfly wings.

Now, I don’t believe for a moment that this is truly how darkness entered the world, but pretend for a moment that it was. What would have happened if Pandora had allowed her original mistake to keep her from trusting the small voice? What if she had been too afraid to risk again? To trust again? What if Pandora had left hope in the box? What kind of world would we live in today?

It’s so easy to become embittered by life. When bad things happen, we harden our hearts. When people hurt us, we close ourselves off. We’re afraid to risk again. To trust again. And so we leave hope in the box.

Today I encourage you to learn from Pandora. Set aside your disappointments, disenchantments and past mistakes. Take the risk, trust the unseen and let hope out of the box.

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4 thoughts on “Letting Hope Out of the Box

  1. I didn’t know about the hope part of Pandora’s story. I love the glimpses of hope found in different stories.

    Lately God has been telling me, through various channels, to trust him and just go with it, even if it doesn’t always look like a good, thorough or “great” plan. Your post has just reaffirmed this, that God can and does work in what he sets us out to do – even if it didn’t work out so well the last time we tried.

    Thank you for your divine inspiration!

    • Real stories have hope because life has hope… if only you’re willing to embrace it. And I’m glad God is calling you to a new place of trust in Him. It’s often so difficult, but always so worth it. May you live the journey every step of the way!

  2. Pingback: “Hope Makes Its Own Magic.” « Beyond Waiting

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