HOPE AND PATIENCE! “But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently,” (Roman 8:24-25 NIV). Hope is a big part of the Christians’ life as it has been for God-believers in every generation. Life is uncertain and full of twists and turns and the bible is full of examples of Old and New Testament individuals and characters that have placed their hope in God and His promises. In the Bible we see some examples of fulfillment of those promises and hopes and we see some that will only be fulfilled in eternity. When dealing with hope patience is a necessity. God does not always fulfill our hopes on our time schedule. God’s thoughts are not always our thoughts. God holds out hope for us in many areas to produce patience in us and conform us to His image.
This past week has been a time of hope and patience for Millie and me. As Millie left the hospital and moved to the rehab facility we hoped she would be able to start physical rehabilitation immediately and speed on her way to recovery. Millie developed several “leaks” from the areas of incision from her surgery, a blood clot, and several other “little” problems. Disappointment? Yes, to be sure we were. Hopeful? Absolutely, we have a great God and many prayer warriors standing with us. Patience, yes but at the same time praying for a quick but successful solution to the problems. Yesterday Millie received word that her program of rehab can move forward today and our hopes were fulfilled for the present. Patience, still working on it. God is good.