Hope - Anchored in the Unseen

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.

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