Anchoring Your Hope in Him!

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Last week has been very challenging for me, because my daughter fell sick all of a sudden. She had vomiting and an episode of seizures. She slipped into a critical state so we had to rush her to hospital to sustain her health. It was painful for me to see her frail body hooked to the tubes and wires. The doctors and nurses were trying to figure out what went wrong with her with one blood test after another.

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Hospital stays are always hard but it’s even much harder when you see many people suffering from different ailments. Looking around the Emergency Room, I was feeling much pain seeing the suffering of people and their loved ones. Being inside the home, I always thought I was the only one struggling greatly and I often complained to God to ease my challenges. Hospital visits always give me a glimpse of how trivial my struggles are…

As we were taking my daughter for an E.E.G., we happened to meet a lady and her 10 years old son in an elevator. She looked very weak and fatigued. Her hair had all fallen out due to chemo. I could hardly see any hope in her eyes. I knew she must be fighting for life at this time, struggling to face the reality of her life. She touched Jennie’s face and said she will pray for her. I looked at her and smiled as we got off the elevator. A few seconds of meeting made me look at life from a different perspective.

In this fallen world we will have sickness and pain. We may encounter life’s most challenging and heart-breaking realities. But there is still a hope.  A sure hope of His healing, comfort, strength and peace. This hope is eternal. Even after our earthly being passes away, we will still live for eternity…a glorious life with our King.

In the midst of all our trials, Jesus brings this hope to our heart: all God’s promises are possible through Him.

“For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God by us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

He assures us that our hearts should not be troubled. We are to anchor our hope in Him when we face hardships because He alone can give us strength for our weakness, joy for our sorrows, healing for our sickness, peace for our anxious heart and comfort for our weary souls.

His hope reminds us that we are not alone. His hope leads us to trust in His promises. His hope reminds us of the greater purpose we have in Him to share His promise and assurance with the suffering and broken-hearted.

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When the winds of adversity,
throw you off course . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
no matter its force.

When the seas of calamity,
toss you all about . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
till the danger runs out.

When the storms of life,
catch you off guard . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
to make them less hard.

When the hazards of living,
come straight at you . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
till you pull your way through.

The only anchor that holds,
is strong, sturdy and sure
Jesus is that anchor . . .
keeping you safe and secure!

– Deborah Ann 

 

When Persevering is Hard!

When keeping up is hard

Over the last few days I have been working on a piece of art. I am not a professional artist but I do like to use my hobby to make some art and craft items which give me joy. I had downloaded a painting image of a tree and wanted my painting to look exactly like that one.

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The original image of the painting

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My painting

If you think, I have painted this piece sitting at a peaceful place, a cup of coffee next to me and beautiful music playing around, then I would say I wished it was so. But I had to paint it when my two kids were having a nap and I was at constant peril that either one of them would wake up at any time:). So I had to finish it up as soon as I could. But sometimes, it wasn’t possible to make both of them have a nap at the same time and it was a challenge finishing the piece at one stretch.

Another challenge was my 6 years old. Out of his curiosity he would try touching the paint and mess the painting many times. Every time he messed up the paint, I had to work on it again with patience. After working for quite a few hours on this piece of art, I could finally complete it.

A thought came to my mind; what made me want to complete this piece with much patience?

Because, all the time the original image of the painting was on my mind and I wanted my piece to resemble with it.

No matter how many times it got messed up, how many extra hours I had to spend finishing it or how many times I felt like giving up…all I desired was to see my piece of art look beautiful, complete and striking like the original one. And that was the only thing made me want to complete it.

In the same way, when we have dreams & visions of life imprinted on our hearts and minds, no matter what the challenge is, we will strive hard to make sure we fulfill them. When we know the clear image of our purpose of life, we will focus on it rather than focusing on the obstacles and the hurdles that are coming our way. We will be determined to make our dreams and vision look exactly like the picture we have on our minds and hearts for our lives.

We all have been given a purpose, a dream and a vision from God. Each one of us is born for a purpose. When we discover it, we are thrilled to fulfill it. We begin with much excitement and can’t wait to see it come to pass. But life isn’t always easy going and there will be times when we will doubt our calling, about the surety of our vision and purpose in the midst of all of life’s hurdles. There will be time when all the odds will be against us and we will feel no excitement to go on.

What will keep us going?

It’s the clear image we have of our purpose and vision which will help us to move on, stay encouraged, patient and persevere despite of all the mess that comes  along, all the challenges that try to block our way, all the delays and all the unexpected things and detours we have to take in our life journey.

If you feel like giving up on the dreams which once you cherished and were hopeful for, if you are doubting your life’s purpose, if you are feeling confused, if you have done your best to keep up but you think you have hit rock bottom, I want to encourage you to keep the original image of your purpose on your mind, keep it in focus rather than focusing on the hurdles. It’s the only thing which will keep you moving, encouraged, persevering and excited about the final outcome. 

“Blessed is the man who persevere under trial” James 1:12