The past seven years have been years of loss, hardship and uncertainty for our family. In 2010, my husband was laid off from a very good paying construction job that he worked at for years. In 2011, we had to sell our home in order to avoid foreclosure. From 2012-2014 my husband struggled with more job losses. In 2015, he finally landed an amazing job with income beyond what we ever thought possible. But in December of 2016, he was sidelined with unexplained pain and swelling in his knee, unrelated to work, and has been on disability ever since.
During these seasons, I have fought hard to yield, to trust, to seek and to find. I have struggled to hold on to hope in the midst of adversity. The dictionary defines “hope” as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Over the last several years, there have been many days where I felt hopeless. I looked at my life through foggy lenses, unable to see beyond my circumstances into the promises of the Lord for my life, and that of my family. I had lost my sense of expectancy.
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:11 NLT)
It is difficult to stay in a place of hopeful expectation when everything around you is crumbling. Our family has suffered so much loss and as a result I allowed myself to be thrown off course. At times, I was so consumed by my circumstances that I could not see that the Lord was near and wanted to help. Yet through it all, I keep hearing the voice of the Lord calling for me to “Look Up!” The Lord wants to get my attention, to remind me that He has been with me in every season storm.
How do I continue to have hope in the face of adversity? When everything around me appears to be crumbling before my eyes, how do I find the strength to look to the hills into the very face of hope? The answer is to fix my eyes on Jesus, and not allow myself to be swayed by circumstances. I must behold His beauty, tasting of His goodness, each and every day.I must behold His beauty, tasting of His goodness, each and every day. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:2 NKJV)
These days, I am purposing in my heart to look up, through the face of adversity, into the loving eyes of a God who is always good. Even when I face disappointments, God is there. He will help me to finish this race, clearing every hurdle along the way.
Has God been calling you to look up, through the face of adversity, into the hope and promise of all that God has for you? I would love to pray for you.
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
391. Looking up and seeing the sun breaking through the clouds.
392. Sunshine on a rainy day.
393. The gift of His grace.
394. The ability to forgive.
395. Donations from friends and family that helped fix our van.
396. The blessing of another day.
397. Messy coloring with my grandson.
398. Looking forward to the hope of the cross and His resurrection.
399. Root Beer on ice.
400. Tea with organic, homegrown honey.
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