Nothing drives home the realization of the frailty of life and your complete helplessness like seeing your child lying in a bed with so many lines hooked up to her that they look like a ball of spaghetti. Watching her little chest rise and fall knowing that it is only possible because of the ventilator she is connected to. Watching the rhythm of her heart beating knowing it does so only because of the medications being pumped into her body. Knowing that if the machines were turned off life would slowly leave her body. Knowing that the outcome of this situation is completely out of my hands. Sometimes this reality can become overwhelming and I break down and weep. It is in these times when the sovereignty of God and hope in Christ are most real.
Even when things seem to be their darkest, I have hope. When the situation doesn’t seem like it could get any worse, I have hope. When it seems like one set back after another, I have hope. When I suffer and am in sorrow, I have hope. Hope and even joy! In the words of Paul I am grieving yet always rejoicing (2 Corinthians 6:10). How can this be? How can I be joyous while suffering and sorrowful? I have joy because of where my hope lies. My hope is not in things getting better. My hope is not even in my daughter being made well. If those are the places where my hope lies then it is a fickle hope and dependent on circumstances which are constantly subject to change. No, my hope and my joy do not rest on things or circumstances. I am able to have joy because my hope rests on Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior! I, as well as my daughter, because of the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, have been given a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for me, who is being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:3-5). It is in this that I rejoice!
We will face trial and sorrow and suffering in this life but it is only for a short time (1 Peter 1:6). If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9). Place your faith in Jesus and there you will find hope and indeed joy.
Author: Sherwon Williamson