When you need hope, you’ll grab at anything to get it. It’s a vulnerable place to be. And it’s definitely not a fun place to be.
I feel like I live in a place of needing constant hope. Chronic pain will do that to you. It would be tempting and easy to say, “Look to God for your hope because that is where all our answers are found!”
And that’s true, but I would like to be a little more practical than that. I’d like to show you one way God is helping me find hope, so you can learn to find it, too.
Hope is elusive because it seems to be closely tied to our circumstances, which can change from minute to minute. Our circumstances can easily dictate our emotions, which can easily “boss” around our hope, making it hard to find as our circumstances shift and change.
So, our hope has to be grounded in something different than our circumstances. Our hope has to be grounded in the Word of God.
The Bible can give us so much hope, if we will look there! But we don’t always remember to go there, so let’s go there now and remember what beautiful hope God can give us.
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10)
…Our place of strength, firmness, and restoration IS coming, so we CAN have HOPE! This hope is tied to our faith in God’s perspective and God’s working in our lives, so we must live by faith in what He is doing.
Oh, God, thank you for renewed perspective! Help us not to resist the suffering You have shared with us in your grace. Thank you that it is part of your glory–glory that we will experience in all it’s fullness someday soon! Help us to lean into our pain, letting you teach us and use us to help others. Help us to be gentle with ourselves. Help us to see with your eyes. Thank you, dear God, for all you’re doing in us.
How do these truths give you hope in your circumstances?
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Hi! My Name is Laurie, and I am a wife, mom, nurse, and patient living with fibromyalgia. I understand first-hand what life is like with chronic pain and illness. My passion is to help provide others with the spiritual encouragement and resources that I so desperately needed when I was first diagnosed. Please join us on the blog and Facebook page for regular encouragement and hope. Welcome!