The sun is shining—not a novelty in “The Valley of the Sun.” The temperature will reach 103 degrees today, but I am smiling. Even as I examine the ugly black and blue bruises on my forearms, a sense of great peace and anticipation fills my heart on this seventh day of October 2020.
Just a couple of weeks ago the future seemed uncertain. In fact, I didn’t know how much of a future I might have. Not knowing how this serious heart condition would be treated guided my thoughts down a shadowy pathway. I worried about whether or not my paperwork was in order, I planned my funeral, and of course, I thought a lot about heaven, because that’s where I plan to end up one of these days. Can’t forget about prayer for I spent a lot of time talking to the Lord.
Considering all of this, I am amazed at how six hours in the Cath Lab at Banner Baywood Heart Hospital, could bring about such a change to the human psyche.
After two sweet little nurses jabbed me numerous times trying to insert a needle into my very narrow, meandering veins, hence the ugly bruises, they called an expert, who slipped the needle in without batting an eye. Then I was whisked away to the lab, where I underwent an angiogram and an esophageal echocardiogram. Returning to my room, the surgeon met me with good news.
“You are a candidate for this newer, less invasive procedure,” he said. “We can repair your mitral valve without cutting you open.”
That news filled me with hope. It was like a sweet strain from heaven. It was an answer to prayer. The surgeon’s words changed everything—my emotions, my thoughts, my behavior. All of a sudden my thought trajectory swerved off in a different direction. I was no longer thinking about my funeral, though I am glad I made those plans. I was thinking about tomorrow, next year, and years to come.
Truth is I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I don’t know all the details of God’s plan for my life. Maybe I have years, maybe I don’t, but because of that surgeon’s words, I have a new confidence in the future. Oh, my confidence doesn’t amount to certainty, but it is grounded on substantial evidence. My mitral valve will be repaired and I’ll be able to breathe normally again.
Hope is a marvelous thing. It offers a new lease on life—a reason to look at the future positively—to look on the bright side. Hope always gives pleasure or joy.
Life is hard. We all face setbacks. We all wonder at times whether or not we will make it. We all know what it’s like to feel helpless, like you’re right on the brink of disaster. We can choose to be negative or we can choose hope. People often think that those who are hopeful are naïve even foolish believing that good things will happen when they never will.
What they don’t know is that hopeful people can face even the most unfavorable times with a positive attitude.
Someone has said, HOPE means “HANG ON PAIN ENDS!”
One of the most important strengths in life is Hope, but we must be careful in whom or in what we place our hope. To hope in riches, possessions, power or others is, for the most part, fruitless.
In Psalm 39:7 and 71:5, King David said, “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.” “For you are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.”
Paul tells us in Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit…”
Again, in Hebrews 6:19, we are told, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…”
God comes to us, in our most dire moments when we’re looking our worst, and gently whispers hope to us. When our failures have outweighed our triumphs, when sadness has seemed to overcome, and our joy has taken flight, God offers hope—hope that never disappoints. We hope in His love. We hope in His Word. We hope in His faithfulness.
If our hope is founded on His promises, whether or not that thing we most hoped for is ever obtained, we can be assured that God has designed the best for us. And—
Still we have hope for eternity. Look at the wonderful truth in Titus 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!
Remember, the sun will come out tomorrow!