I have lost it often. I have regained it repeatedly, to regain it again. It is a promise that Father God gives us daily but it is up to us to find the strength to hold on to it.
I have gone from having a picture perfect childhood to living in hotel rooms, suffered depression and medical issues to unmeasurable joy, love and renewal of life and I would have never gotten to any point without having hope in Father God and holding on to the promises of hope in better days.
By Merriam-Webster definition, hope is to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true but for me I have put my trust in what our Father God gives us in His Word. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This piece of scripture has sustained me in the most darkest of times, when I couldn’t look past the moment I was living in, not remembering that hope in the Lord is what is intended for us believers.
I have shared a number of stories of my own journey of life that most people find compelling as far as how could I ever endure such a time.
One story in particular would have to include my current journey as a military spouse. In the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I prayerfully decided that enlisting in the Air Force would be the best for our little family. Along our nomadic, military life, it was dicovered that I had type II diabetes that required a number of insulin shots a day and eventually leading the doctors to give me the scary news that within the six months I would require an insulin pump and within the year require a new pancreas or kidney. Where was my hope then? In our Lord. I knew our Lord had my husband enlist in the military because He knew that soon I would need so much medical intervention that would require expensive medications and a number of specialists.
And this is where some of Father God’s plan are revealed. You see, because my husband is an active duty service member, all of my healthcare has been taken care of because of the type of health insurance we have and with that, fast forward to a special doctor appointment where I had a new resident sit in on and who reccommended a gastric bypass in lieu of insulin pumps and donor lists to prolong my life and battle my case of diabetes.
Because of the suggestion of that particular resident that day, whom of which I have never seen again, I can proudly say that I have kept off 84 pounds and have put my case of diabetes into remission. Currently, I require no extra medications besides the typical vitamins and protein shakes to ensure my nutritional health and now my family have me for many more years to come with this renewal of life.
Often when I recap this story, I play the movie reel of scenes from the movie, Miracle of Heaven, where the mother loses her faith, becomes angry with Father God and later towards the end of the movie, there is a series of scenes where events are shown, that because of the people and events that Father God laid before their sick child, she later becomes cured. Just when that mom loses her hope, Father God shows her why she needs to hold on to such hope! How amazing is that?
So, I encourage you, when you feel down about your current situation or question what is laid before you, just know that our Father God has a broad plan for you and that keeping hope in Him is what will get you to the other side.
Mary is a military wife, mom and runner. She cherishes time spent with her family and genuine friends. Mary has participated and helped lead a number of bible studies over the last 10 years and has enjoyed her journey that Father God has laid before her. The struggle at time has been real but when she makes it to the other side she knows that what she went through was meant for the greater good. Mary is encouraged daily by the renewal of life Father God has given her and tries to not take anything for granted because she knows that there is always someone else is praying for what you have!