This is what I am doing today. I am taking heart. I can't wait for encouragement, or hope, or courage to happen to me. I have to take it. So I am taking it. Today! Jesus said that in this world I would have many troubles. So the troubles I face I am choosing to see as the the troubles Jesus spoke about here. And He said to take heart (with an exclamation point!) So not only will I take heart in a minute, or later today, or tomorrow. Right now I am taking heart, too!
My friend, I encourage you to take heart now. In the tunnel, take heart. In the valley, take heart. In the desert, take heart. When that curve ball flies your way, take heart. When your heart breaks, take heart. As the tears roll down your cheeks, take heart. In the face of the unknown, take heart. At the crossroads of life, take heart. For He is good. He has overcome the world. And He is your Sovereign Lord, your Maker. He loves you and He knows the good plans He has for you.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33, NIV)