Today I pause from my ‘blogcation.’ I can breathe a sigh of relief and I give all the glory to God for His goodness and His loving kindness. Life was certain to let me know that whatever plans that we make, we must count them as temporary, because no one knows what life truly holds for him/her. As I reflect on the week past, I recall too vividly my journeying moments in the valley of sickness. I remember the pain that rocked my body, the weakness in my limbs, the sadness and the feeling of loneliness and helplessness.
Hope became my only companion and showed me that the only way out was God and that hope itself was all that I could hold on to. Getting sick while on my vacation was not cool at all, but that is exactly what I encountered.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. (Psalm 62:5 NLT)
As the minutes, hours, and the days went by, I became most aware that our hope can be in no one else but God. On the other hand, let no one think that hope can be deferred until some other time. Absolutely not. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
It is indeed good to place our trust and our hope in God. When we do, our experiences become easier and there is less frustration when we encounter sickness and even disappointments. Without that kind of hope and level of trust, our experiences are made difficult, miserable and even unbearable when reality sets in that life does not always measure up to meet our expectations, plans and our agenda. Life makes no promise to us.
So in spite of me not getting to do all that I had planned to do on the first full week of my vacation, I am encouraged to press on with hope holding my hands. Such hope do not make me ashamed. You too can cling to her and make her your best friend and confidant.
“And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5)
“For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but that which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
Whatever the circumstance that you may be faced with today, rejoice and hope in God whose presence is always near, even when troubles makes it seem like He is so far away.
Until next time, I bid you peace and blessings from my beautiful Caribbean twin island homeland of St. Kitts and Nevis.