How Hope Can Arise {Abounding Hope :: Week 5}

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 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.

Isaiah 41:10

Do the truths in His word give you hope? What is being whispered in your heart today?

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Laura Luyt
Real. Lover of coffee, Jesus, dear Hubs & five beautiful children. Continually seeking His face. Learning to find the joy in the everyday from beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Advocate & adorer of people with Down syndrome. Connect with Laura online over at little feet in my house - www.lauraluyt.com, or part of the (in)courage community at www.threadbaremommas.com.
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  1. Last Wednesday I was told my cancer is back. It’s considered incurable, but has been “stable” for the last 6 years following a bone marrow transplant. I’ll start chemo in a few weeks and another BMT will follow.

    I have tremendous hope, not in living, but in my Lord. Wherever I am, He is there. He will never leave me or forsake me.

    I am sad for my family, and my “hope” is in the fact that God has allowed these circumstances not only into my life, but into their lives. They are part of his opportunity-giving for them to grow and deal with things they might not normally deal with. God has been so gracious to give me these 6 years, and I lean into His grace right now.

    • “I have tremendous hope, not in living, but in my Lord.”

      Praying for the grace to be able to say the same! You are so right. our only hope is in God, not healing, or wealth, or happiness. Only God.

      He is glorified in your suffering, Maggie!

      *Lord, we ask for your grace for Maggie as she walks through this difficult road. Be her strength, her comfort, and if it be your will, your healing!*

      Thank you for sharing your heart.

    • Oh, Maggie, dear one. Your faith, your wisdom, your grace is palpable. As Katie said, He truly is glorified in your suffering! I pray for continued peace for you, for blessings to pour out upon you and your family in this time. “For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” – Psalm 5:12

      I pray for such wisdom and peace. Thank you for your vulnerability and your tender heart.

      You are a gift!

    • Maggie, I’m so sorry to hear that. Praying for Him to be working in every step of this journey ahead, and also for your loved ones. He is still good, all the time. Thank you for your wisdom and inspiration in living your days faithful and hopeful in His plans for your life.

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