And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
I love the words “and hope doesn’t disappoint us”. I was just sharing my story last night with someone over the phone (hi patty) and we were discussing the hope we have through Christ. It’s undoubtedly the reason I made it through the initial dark days of this cancer journey. And not a random hope, but a hope in Christ who died a horrible death to bridge the gap for me.
I don’t browse the parenting sections of my library and book stores the way I used to. Now that I have three kids I have relaxed a little on my need to be a perfect parent. It’s so much more enjoyable this way….lol! But one book always stood out to me and I always think I should read it…..and still haven’t. I don’t fully remember the name, but it basically was a book about raising “resiliency” in your children. Through this cancer journey a thought has reverberated through my skull a time or two. I would think “am I resilient enough to handle this?” And even now, I ponder if I am truly resilient enough to get my life back in order? I don’t know what the book says, but maybe someone with resiliency has the tenacity to fight back, or maybe they resist depression. Or maybe it’s that they brush the dirt off their knees after it’s all said and done and they get back on the bike.
Maybe it’s that they carry a deeper sence of hope. Maybe they really aren’t any more resiliant than anyone else, but they clung to hope through the storm and in the end it didn’t dissapoint. Hope was the rock through it all.
I’ve been trying to brush the dirt off my knees lately. Some days are better than others. When I was out running the other day the sky looked huge and blue, with barely a cloud in the sky. It was a majestic moment. And I thought, wow, If God can create this, and he can heal my cancer, certainly he can carry me through emotional healing at this point in my life.
It was a moment of hope. It was a moment of resiliency.