Today is a day of rejoicing! It has been one year today since Connor’s life-saving, life-changing surgery and he is doing amazing! We are praying and thinking about his future–and we rejoice in the goodness of God!
We rejoice and celebrate life and are so thankful that God answered our prayers with “yes,” but even more so, we rejoice and are thankful simply that God hears and answers our prayers!
God is not good because He gives us what we want. God is good because…God is just good. He is holy, righteous, perfect, and He loves us with a depth we can’t even understand. Yes, God is good!
We celebrate life today and thank God for every second, looking forward to whatever God has planned.
So, in remembrance of all that God has done and is doing, here is the original post, The Beauty of Hope, originally shared in June, 2014.
We all need hope! In scary, painful situations, hope brings renewed energy, positive thinking, and determination. Hope brings purpose, and gives us strength to persevere. Hope is indeed a beautiful thing, and without, life can become unbearable. Yes, we all need hope.
Over the last few years, our son has faced serious life-threatening health problems with countless doctor’s visits, procedures, hospital stays, and life-saving surgery. Facing these dangers and situations has been scary, but the fact that doctors could rarely offer us hope made it all the more difficult.
Specialists had no idea what was going on and were very clear with us that they had no idea what could happen. They were clear about the dangers, the unknown outcome, and they rarely offered hope.
We have continually heard words like “unknown” and “anomaly” but rarely words of encouragement or hope.
After the life-saving decision to remove his spleen in 2011 and then a horrifying stay in ICU, (another miracle, you can read about here), right at the moment the doctors were telling us to give up and plan for the worst, Connor miraculously began to improve!
Oh, how we rejoiced! He was getting better right before our eyes and improving minute by minute. Many of the ICU doctors and nurses came to see him; no answers, speechless. There was no human explanation. We rejoiced and thanked God—not just for the healing, but for His peace and His presence through it all!
His doctors, amazed and a bit confused by the improvement, warned us, “We have no idea what caused this, so we have no idea what to expect…he may never have another problem or he could develop serious complications or other problems at any time—we just don’t know.”
These are very scary words, and words that reveal our true dependence on God. We rely on God for our next breath, and that’s exactly what we have done!
The incredible fear that comes from the unknown, especially in the perceived absence of hope, can be debilitating and overwhelming! Through it all, God has always been faithful and has gifted us with incredible peace beyond understanding! He truly knows the best plan for us and we have learned to enjoy each day.
It’s amazing the perspective you gain when you are forced to constantly be aware of the possibility of fewer—or no—earthly tomorrows!
We are now 3 weeks post-op from Connor’s most recent surgery and this time, the doctors have offered us hope. They believe they have found the underlying problem and Lord willing, this surgery has fixed it! Yes, we have no written guarantees and must still watch, wait, and trust God, but don’t we always?
God is the Author and Perfecter of our faith, He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Provider in every way. So, yes, hope from our doctors is a beautiful thing—but the hope from our God is even better!
The hope God offers is indescribable and unexplainable! The peace beyond understanding comes in the darkest times.
When there is absolutely nothing in this world that can offer hope, God does!
We are preparing for the future in exciting ways and talking about
amazing possibilities…the “what if’s” are now exciting rather than scary, and the possibilities are endless—we can do all things in Christ!
The hope we have and the difference it is making in our lives is incredible and it reminds me how precious our hope in Christ is—it makes all the difference day-to-day and for eternity!
We are never, ever hopeless with Christ—rather we have abundant, never-ending hope that continues into eternity!
We don’t have to face tomorrow—even a scary tomorrow full of every sort of challenge and difficulty—with fear. We can look forward to an eternity of joy, hope, and love, and be filled with indescribable peace even in the midst of the deepest pain. This is the faithful gift of Jesus!
What are you facing that is bigger than you? Is the world saying, “There is no hope”? That’s a lie! Our hope, our peace, our joy, are based on God, and, beloved, there is always hope in Him!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your peace in the midst of painful moments and scary situations! Thank You for loving us and protecting us and never leaving us alone in this world of sin and struggle. Thank You for the incredible hope we have in Jesus, Amen!
Do you need hope? I would love to pray for you! Have a story of hope? I would love to rejoice with you! Please share so we can rejoice together and encourage one another as the Body of Christ, and I pray you are abundantly blessed in the fullness of Christ every day!
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The original post The Beauty of Hope was originally published in June, 2014. This has been updated and edited.