Exploring Our Theme, Part 1: Anchored in Hope

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.                                         It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,” Hebrews‬ ‭6:19‬ ‭NIV

When I sensed God prompting me last December to choose hope as my word of the year for 2017, I had no idea how important this decision would be.

This has been a year filled with the storms of life.

First, we learned that we owed a large amount in property taxes on the house and property we had inherited from my husband’s mother. We made arrangements to begin making monthly payments on these taxes. Living on Social Security, supplemented with a self-employment income that varies greatly from month to month, this put a severe strain on our budget.

A few months later, our only vehicle broke down. When we learned that repairing it would cost more than we could afford and more than the value of the car, we were suddenly without transportation.

Then an actual storm, Hurricane Harvey, touched our lives. While we were fortunate that our home was not flooded, we did not make it through the torrential rainstorm without damage. Our roof sprung a leak, part of the ceiling in an upstairs room we use for storage collapsed, and water got into the walls and shorted out the wiring that supplies power to close to half of the house.

This however was not the most devastating result of the hurricane.  The Friday before the storm began on Sunday, our special needs son David began running a fever. Since David doesn’t regulate his body temperature very well because of his brain damage, we just watched him closely, using medication and cool compresses to reduce the fever. But by the following Tuesday, it’s was obvious David was fighting a major infection so we contacted his doctor for an antibiotic. We quickly learned that finding a drug store open and well stocked in Houston in the days following Hurricane Harvey was not an easy task. No one we contacted had the original prescription in stock.

Finally on Friday, after again contacting David’s doctor for a prescription of a different antibiotic, we were able to begin David on an antibiotic for what now appeared to be pneumonia. The next day, the house calls group we use for our son’s medical care sent out a mobile x-ray unit to do a chest x-ray, and pneumonia was confirmed. A stronger prescription was ordered, and we began treating the pneumonia at home.

The following Wednesday, it became obvious this home treatment plan was not working, in spite of the antibiotic and aggressive respiratory care our son’s nursing team was giving him. We called 911 and transported him to the hospital.

And thus began one of the most intense periods of our year so far.  We learned the pneumonia had caused fluid to fill David’s right lung, and the lung had collapsed. After several procedures to drain the fluid and reinflate the lung, and other health problems being diagnosed through further testing, it is now two and a half weeks later and we are still in the hospital.

So what does all of this have to do with being anchored in hope?

 When we go through the storms of life, we need an anchor to hold us steady. Hope in Jesus Christ is the anchor that holds us secure as we are blown and tossed by the wind and waves of the storms of life.

In today’s culture, hope is often equated to wishful thinking. But biblical hope is so much more. According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, to hope is “to trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.” Biblical hope is rooted is trust in God and confident expectation based on His character and promises, especially during times of waiting for His answer.

As our family has walked through these difficult circumstances in 2017, our trust in God has not been shaken. If anything, these trials have drawn us into a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There have been times of feeling overwhelmed, but even those have been taken to the Lord and our anchor has held. As I write this, we are still in a time of waiting for God’s answers. But through it all, the anchor of hope has held us steady in these storms of life.

 

13 thoughts on “Exploring Our Theme, Part 1: Anchored in Hope

  1. What a powerful testimony of having your anchor of hope in Jesus Christ. This translation has been so meaningful to me…Romans 8:24-25Living Bible (TLB)
    24 We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have—for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. 25 But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently….
    Many blessings to you and your family ❤️

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  2. Hi Beth, I’ve been praying for you, your husband and David. Has your church family been able to help you? Sounds like your faith is sound, but you need some family in the Lord to show up!

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    • Thanks for your comment and prsyers. We have lots of support from our church, but with damage from Hurricane Harvey in our end of Houston, the “Helping Hands” ministry funding has been stretched thin with so many people needing help. Our church campus also had extensive damage. The insurance adjuster is scheduled to come out this week, and after he sees the damage we should be able to get hands on help with cleaning out the room with the collapsed ceiling. (By the way, my name is Barbara)

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  3. Oh, sweet sister-in-the Lord, how your words have ministered to me. For today has already been a battle. You’ve helped me remember that He is aware and knows all. He hears and is working on our behalf. We must go by faith and not by sight. Hope is powerful. Because of your testimony, my heart has realigned with Hope. Prayers for you and your family.

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    • Julie, thanks for your comment and grateful that God used my words to minister to you. God is faithful – and this morning one of our prayers has already been answered. David is doing better and we are currently working on his disccharge orders to bring him back home.

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      • Praise God on all accounts. You and your family are ones who will receive many crowns if not here definitely heaven! You are a blessing. He does love us and provides for us. Still, the big Ds of disillusionment, disappointment, discouragement, and depression try to penetrate our shields. I’ve really grown in this and will never be bitter again. So glad for God’s ‘timing’ of your sharing before I went further in the slippery slope.

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  4. Thanks, Leslie. Your comment reminded me of a sentence I read this morning in the First 5 devotional on the final chapter of Job. “Job wobbled a bit for sure, but then planted his feet and steadfastly held on to faith that his God who had never abandoned him before, would not do so now.” Like Job, my faith too has “wobbled a bit” several times, as recently as yesterday, but like Job I have stood on the truth that God has never abandoned us in the past, which has given me confidence that He will not abandon me in our current circumstances. My desire in this post is that others too will be assured of. God’s constant care for us, even in the situations that really stretch our faith.

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  5. Pingback: Exploring Our Theme, Part 2: Still Anchored in Hope | HOPE & LIGHT

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