Archive for August, 2008

Were Do I Place My Hope

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

One of the things that we are focused on in our crisis is to make sure our hope is anchored in the right place. The Psalmist says, “And now Lord what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” (Psalm 39:7) “For you are my hope O Lord God.” (Psalm 71:5) “I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.” (Psalm 119: 147)

Our hope right now in our family is that the Lord will show up and touch us with healing. Our hope is that the Lord will visit us and teach us and guide us with the promises of His Word.

One of the risks here in our culture is that we will put our hope in science or the medical establishment. We are constantly given the message through the media that our medical establishment as we know it in America is our best hope. People actually think that our only hope is if our scientists, through genetics, stem cell research or finding a new drug will eventually solve our health problems. We think our only hope is to just do whatever the doctor tells us.

Don’t get me wrong much good has been accomplished by medical science especially in the area of trauma care. In other areas however powerful lobbies which are money driven are controlling what medical care can and cannot do in this country. We cannot put much hope in a system like this.

The Lord has promised, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will guide you with my eye.” (Psalm 32:8). Our hope is that the Lord will do this as He promised. If we are open to learn about our bodies and how they work He is faithful to teach us and guide us in how to best care for them.

There’s More than Healing

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

One of the challenges for us as Christian believers is wondering why Jesus hasn’t healed my wife. We have prayed. We have simply asked, hoping. Those who came to Jesus for healing also had hope that He could help them. They simply asked and their hope was not disappointed.

However there were some whom Jesus didn’t heal right away when they asked. In Mark 7:24 there was a story of a woman who asked for a demon to be cast out of her daughter. Before He granted her request Jesus entered into a discussion with her appearing to almost be discouraging her.

In John 9:1 we read the story of a blind man whom Jesus didn’t heal right away but anointed his eyes with mud and sent him away to a pool to wash. The man was healed there.

In Mark 8:22 there is a story of another blind man brought to him for healing. Jesus took the blind man out of the town spit on his eyes and touched him. At that point the man said he could only see men “as trees walking” Jesus touched him again and he was healed. We could also mention Lazarus whose sisters requested Jesus to come and help him. Jesus waited a few days before He came and he died. (see John 11)

What if these hurting people had given up hope because Jesus didn’t come through right away? These souls were privileged not only to have healing but to be used in the process of teaching eternal truths. The truth is, the Lord most likely has something more than a simple healing in mind for us. He probably has many things for us to learn through this. So we hope and will keep hoping and I would encourage you to hope with us. We must continue looking forward waiting for something good to happen.

Hope - Anchored in the Unseen

Friday, August 1st, 2008

I’ve discovered through our cancer crisis that hope is what we need to keep us going and it’s the ability to envision something good in the future that keeps hope alive. In his own crisis Job said, “My days . . . are spent without hope. . . . My eye will never again see good”. How we all know this feeling. When you lose sight of any possible good in your future, hope begins to die.

Hope has had a real roller coaster ride in our life since my wife has become ill. There are times we are hopeful and times we are not. When some treatments didn’t help which we were hoping would give us the desired results, hope took a dip. When our oncologist told us the only hope we had was to manage things with chemotherapy to get the best quality and length of life, hope dipped again.

Then we talked to a doctor in Germany that we are going to see. He gave us hope because he gave us a brighter picture of what the future could hold. Our heads are up again and we are moving forward towards something that looks good. We are hoping and hope-full.

The apostle Paul understood that hope was connected with the future when he said, “But hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (Romans 8:24, 25) You see, hope is always anchored in something that has not yet been realized but only envisioned in the future.

The truth is when we are going through the crisis of our lives we need to keep hope alive. Hope is kept alive by looking toward something that you don’t yet see.

Life With New Perspective

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Another thought that has come to my mind when considering the fact that my wife has been struck with cancer is the need to regain a new perspective with a future hope. When a crisis hits, its hard to hold on to thoughts of hope. You have to find a broader perspective on life than you have been living with in order to regain that forward leaning hope in the midst of crisis.

I think of the story of Joseph found in the Bible in the book of Genesis. As a young man he found himself betrayed by his jealous brothers, threatened with death and sold into slavery in Egypt. Talk about having your life take a drastic exit from the anticipated journey!

At the end of the story, years later, when his brothers came to Egypt for famine relief they were horrified to discover that the brother they had betrayed was now the Prime Minister with whom they had to deal to find help. They eventually threw themselves upon Joseph’s mercy expecting swift retribution.

Joseph’s response is evidence that he had gained a broader perspective on his crisis. He had made sense out of the tragedy of his youth. He said to them, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”(Genesis 50:20) We can always hope that good can come out of tragedy.

Joseph exhibited the ability of people of faith to get the bigger picture and regain a hopeful perspective in spite of tragedy. Joseph knew the experience of God’s words through Jeremiah, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)