Psalm 27:13, 14 “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see
the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the
LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait,
I say, on the LORD.”
Harry and I were driving along I-95 South in Florida early one
morning just about sunrise. It was getting light, but the clouds hid
the sun from view. While I was watching the cloud bank, I saw a very
slight lightening at the bottom of the darkest cloud…so faint I had
to look closely to see it at all. But there it was, and I knew the
sun was shining behind those dark clouds. It was somewhat similar to
my own wilderness experience and yours. There are many times when
all I can see is the darkness and, during those times, it’s hard to
remember there is hope.
Hope. When we’re in the middle of a crisis or our hearts are
devastated by our loss, that’s a scarce commodity. And yet there is
hope, even in the wilderness. That’s one of the reasons…in fact, the
main reason… I go to Alanon and recommend it or other support
groups. That’s also why I believe in accountability partners and
prayer partners. Because a burden shared with people who understand
is lighter for having shared it. And even more important, courage is
contagious, and so is hope.
When I hear a mother share that her daughter has been sober for five
years, I am encouraged to keep hoping…if only for one day. When
someone tells me how God met him in his distress and gave him
strength, I also draw strength from his example. When I see someone,
who has lost a parent or spouse or, even more incomprehensible, a
child to death and yet face life with courage and dignity, I realize
I too can be courageous.
Psalm 27:13 says, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to
see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Another
version translates fainted as despaired. And despair is a familiar
heart condition to those of us who are walking a wilderness path.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Because there IS hope in our
circumstances, and we can draw hope from the goodness of God and the
support of others until we see that miracle in our lives and in the
lives of those we love.
I doubt I will ever stop grieving the loss of my son. Knowing I will
see him in the “sweet by and by” doesn’t change one bit the “awful
here and now. But, verse 14 of the same Psalm admonishes us to wait
and have courage, and God will strengthen our hearts. So just for
today, I’ll keep on trusting, and keep on waiting, and keep on
looking for the very faint lightening of the clouds at dawn that
tells me the sunshine of hope is there if I just look closely
Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today,
looked for that glimmer of light in our wilderness and chose to
believe there is hope?