Ever been in that place or season where you cannot see even the lightest sliver of light... That area where all hope is lost, confusion and frustration abound, and turmoil suffocates every ounce of goodness you once perceived? If not--maybe I am the only one--let me tell you, it is lonely and heart wrenching! Your once upward focus shifts to the inward pain, which in turn magnifies the despair of the bleak outward circumstance.
I am finally reaching a point of restored hope. I say this because I believe it and don't want to forget it. While I may still be sauntering along in the valley, I see again a sliver of something bright. My focus has again shifted upward. Now I see, loosing sight of what was important and focusing on the tragedy of what was happening around me, I missed the opportunity to BE the light. A good friend recently said to me:
Considering the title and mission of this blog, I am trying hard to not focus on the woulda-coulda-shoulda's in my situation. So, in turn, let me convey to you, the readers of this blog, if anything--learn from me. When you start to see yourself curl into the fetal position of hopelessness, remember who you belong to and do not lose sight of your purpose.
Jeremiah 17:5 says, "This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord." Don't shift your focus. God is working ALL things for good for those who love him.
Mark 9:23 says, "'If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Don't lose hope. God's got this!
Psalm 56:4 says, "In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" Praise and trust. Don't give up!