Corrie Ten Boom once said, "Let God's promises shine on your problems." And also, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." I would have loved to have met this woman in person. When things start to weigh me down and the future looks unclear she comes to my remembrance and I realize that I have never endured anything like she has. From there the mind might wander to others that have gone before me and I eventually end up in Hebrews 11. Hebrews 11:38 says this, "of whom the world was not worthy". Back up a couple of verses and you will find that their lives consisted of hardships and trouble. Many stories in the Bible are just that ~ hard. But if one is to look closely we can see this thread of the Almighty interweaving a theme of redemption and restoration.
"The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures."
Verse 3 of the hymn Amazing Grace encapsulates many promises given to us in the Bible. Now, I'm not going to say that everything is sunshine and lollipops. But if Christ is Savior and Lord it puts a whole new color and depth to the circumstances that come to us. It is a matter of perspective. Corrie Ten Boom endured life in a concentration camp and still saw evidences of God's grace even there. So, it's not so much what we go through or what happens in our life but whether we can see God in the midst and thank Him for His providences. There are always mini miracles happening if there are eyes to see it. Believing in the promises of God is foolish and simplistic to some. But to those who trust it is the bed rock and foundation of who we are.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11) We can't predict the future and at this moment the scenario of our lives might not look too great. But through the lenses of eternity and God's promises there is hope for tomorrow. I believe it!
Since I have last written on this blog I have had a PET scan that has come back clear (praise God!). However, I am still scheduled to start chemotherapy on the 8th of May. Another doctor's visit next week, wig shopping with my sister-in-law and hopefully much grandkid time. Much to do and life to live. I trust that God will give me and those around me what is needed for the days ahead because He has promised. And there it is.