“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Hope. What an amazing word. Without hope our future faded. Hope keeps us alive. Hope sets the meaning of your life. Do you feel hopeless today? You probably think that there’s no way out for a broken family like yours. No hope for your addictions. No hope for your future partner. No hope to bring out your love one back to your side. What’s yours? I don’t know. Yours could be worst. No way out, over the top kind of situations.
What hope is it for an old lady when a more than 15 years experience doctor told her that she has only 2 more years to live? Yvonne Margaret Boler (1930 – 2011) received that heart breaking news when the doctor found out that her cancer was getting worst. 2 more years and you will die. What a hopeless situation! What was her respond? Maybe she broke into tears or turned her eyes to the sky and complained, ‘why me Lord?’ It could be.
But what I heard from a friend who was attended Ms. Boler’s remembrance service on that Tuesday evening, 19th April 2011 at my present church was really encouraging. My friend said that she always living a cheerful life until the end. She always put a smile on her face. The verdict was in the year 2006 but the Lord prolongs her life beyond the predictions – doubled her life-span to 5 more years to live. She put her hope in the Lord. Here is a quote from an old hymn during her funeral service;
O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.
Do you feel hopeless today? Take heart. Set your eyes on Jesus. When it seems impossible to go on in life, God brings eternal hope. No more hopeless situations. No more helpless troubles. No more fear to worry – not even death! Put your hope in the Lord and He will take care of it in His own way. Even if you have to go through pain, sorrow and suffering in this earthly life; never forget about His promise of “eternal home” through His Son, Jesus Christ. Your hope for eternity will help you endure the discomforts of daily life.
Remember: THINK BIG God gives you Hope. START SMALL Trust in Him. GO DEEP He know the plans He have for you. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)