By Laura Luyt
We know that as long as we are in this life, there will be hard times.
All through last week, I found myself singing about hard times—asking for them to come again no more.
My 12-week-old stirs each time I lay him down to try to write, my other two little boys happily engage in scream dancing. I trip over things waiting to be organized. We moved to this house, this island, a mere four months ago. I labored for six days amidst boxes and chaos and our families thousands of miles away. New home, new city, new everything – and twice we have had to call 911 (and never before). Once for my 4-year-old’s concussion (he’s fine). The other for my 2-year-old as he was choking. I am a trained RN, and fear gripped me as he clutched at his throat, desperate for breath. All I could do was cry out. (he is also fine, he coughed it out.)
I felt a tremendous amount of suffering in those times. Your story may not look or sound like mine, but my guess is you feel some degree of suffering, too.
We are not all that different from Job. We may not have the degree of suffering that God allowed in Job’s life, but suffering is a very present part of our struggle as we battle through our ordinary every day. We complain. We groan. We are so exhausted and spent in the battle of the everyday (suffering) that we cry out. We focus so much on the suffering that the suffering becomes all that we see.
It clouds my vision so greatly that it seeps over and all I can see is pain. My vision is directed so much into myself in my human sin and frailty.
You feel me?
So how are we to hold on to hope?
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
Let him sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
let him put his mouth in the dust—
there may yet be hope;
Lamentations 3:25-29 (emphasis mine)
I relish this reminder to wait quietly, to hope. This week we see this was how God responded to Job when Job cried out in despair. We will see when we turn our eyes upon Him, the creator of heaven and earth, hope is born again.
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Do the truths in His word give you hope? What is being whispered in your heart today?
View the rest of the Abounding Hope series here.