This week has been rough. I’ve had conversations that never should’ve taken place, given news of people dying, heard of tragedies and dealt with nagging mishaps like flat tires and disciplining my kids. Of course, this kind of week occurs during my busiest work week of the month. Then, to top that all off, midweek was my Papa’s birthday—his twelfth in heaven.
As a result, I’ve had hardly any sleep this week and could stomach little more than water and popcorn. Yet, I have also prayed more than ever.
Sadly, I am not alone in having a bad week. Friends and loved ones have dealt with much more from health issues to relationship problems to home and car hazards. My husband made the comment that everyone has a dragon to slay right now.
I joked that I don’t have a dragon but rather a bunch of tiny lizards biting at my heels. But the truth is that all Christians do have a dragon to slay and it’s the same one—the devil. And without help from a greater source, we couldn’t possibly fight back all the fire-breathing darts he throws our way.
Luckily, God gives us glimmers of hope whenever we trust in Him. Like the first sign of a rainbow after a strong storm, He will offer encouragement to keep us headed on the right path when we so easily want to throw in the towel.
As I sat in the car line on Wednesday waiting for my son to come out of school, I prayed for God to work in many situations of those around me. Then, my ever-cheerful son hopped in the backseat and started talking about his day. He handed me his binder to look at something about a fundraiser.
When I opened the binder, the first thing I saw was a butterfly he had sloppily colored. I held it up to show him, commenting that he knew how to color and shouldn’t be sloppy. Then, I read what it said.
“Hope is believing something good can come out of something bad.”
I so needed to hear that this week.
I thought back to the Book of Job, how despite all he endured, he still had hope that God would turn things around. And no matter what has happened this week, or what will happen next week, or the next, as long as I hope in the Lord, I can have peace about it.
God wants us all to have hope. But not just any hope. If we put our hope in anything other than God, then we aren’t hoping but simply wishing. Jobs, places possessions and even people will all fail us at times. That’s why we have to trust in the one constant in life—God, the One who made life Himself.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?Psalm 42:5 AMP
And why have you become restless and disturbed within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.