I laid on the bed of my craniosacral therapist’s (massage therapy but better) crying on Friday because I was in intense pain as she was working on my pelvis, low back, and head. It was severe pain, honestly, it was like giving birth except I didn’t know when it would end. I didn’t cry from pain while giving birth if that tells you anything. After years of chronic pain, my tolerance is pretty high. That’s part of why I was crying – I didn’t know when it would end and I really, really wanted it to be over. Have you felt that way recently?
In many ways, this emotion is how I feel right now and how so many others are feeling right now. I’m ready to walk into my library and chat with the librarian as my kids pick their own books, walk through Target without people looking sad and angry at strangers, and feel free to talk with friends and family without talking about current global events. Frankly, my plea with God is “come soon.”
But friend, in the midst of it all, You Have Hope. Hebrews 6:18-20 says, “God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (NLT)
Whatever pain, suffering, frustration, or discourse this world holds for you right now, even if it’s just momentary, or 30 minutes like mine was, recognize that God has given you his promise of refuge for your soul. Hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for your soul and it is where you can anchor yourself right now. Hope that better is coming. Hope that no matter what, God is bigger than whatever you’re facing right now. Hope that is strong enough to cling to when it seems like you’re in the midst of a sea of overwhelm or a flood of emotions or uncertainty.
Dear friend, God is enough. He brings hope for you, and he wants to offer you that hope.
Please let me know if I can pray for you or if you need a friend to talk with. I’m here for you.
P.S. I love the print of this verse from Lindsay Letters if you need a constant reminder.
P.P.S. Even if you don’t need this right now, write this verse down and save it for later.