For anyone who is struggling with the frustrating sense of uselessness let me tell you about my good friend Ann. Ann* (not her real name) passed away just before Valentine’s day. For the last three years she came almost every week to our church service in the respiratory unit at the nursing home. Because of her trach it was hard to understand much of what Ann said. But Ann has changed the world. Her consistent faithful presence was noticed by her daughter who also began coming many Wednesday afternoons.
Time alone with God is the best investment we could make today!
Day 16 of 31 days of Hope
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living Psalm 27:13
Writing 31 days of hope has been both a spiritual challenge and a journey to deeper faith in my life. I have found along this new and sometimes difficult path that Hope is the light that shines in my dark places. Hope has meant looking down the road waiting for the results of tests and the response to treatments for my wife’s battle with cancer. Hope has been holding hands in the hospital when no one else was around. Hope has been both the first star that shone in our new night sky and will one day give way to the sunlight of a new day dawning.
God created all of us to live with a passion and the desire to spend eternity by his side. That life is assured only by the cross of Christ which for our soul is the anchor of all hope. No matter the situation we face today; this hope remains. This hope is not so fragile that it can be blown away by the wind, washed away by a flood or burned up in the fire. This hope is the tangible enduring belief that by God will carry us through. This hope is the certainty that He is good even when nothing good seems to be in sight. Real hope is seeing ahead to His goodness. True Hope through Jesus Christ is to know that He walks by our side through the valley of the shadow of death till we come out into His sunshine in the land of the living!
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth. Psalms 121:1-2 ESV
When life is tea and roses it seems plain that tomorrow will be the same or better. But when rose petals darken from early frost and tea cups fall to pieces our forecast changes.
Weakness, hospital stays and doctor visits clamor to fill up the calendar. On those days where is our hope? The psalmist says he looks out as far as his eyes can see to the hills. Beyond those lie uncharted new territory. When thongs that have been our farthest horizons are passed what then?
Then his questions echo back from the hills: – My help comes from the Lord! The God who created everything will still walk with us beyond our farthest horizons to the very ends of the earth!