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"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19


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November 13, 2017:    

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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 enough.

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?


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