Hope Stronger Than Hurt

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Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long Psalm 25:5

It seemed like I was losing everything I valued: my marriage, my family, my home, my reputation. One day, a wave of despair came over me. I can’t take this anymore. I’m cracking up, I thought.

What happened next is hard to describe Clear as a bell I heard a voice saying—not out loud but deep in my heart—“Do you still have Jesus?

Yes,” I whispered back.

Then you have a center. You have a refuge. You will be alright.”

The Bible was the only book that offered me comfort and hope. It helped me make some sense out of my situation. Other godly people—Joseph, David, Daniel—had gone through terrible times, why not me? Furthermore it showed me a way of coping by giving me verses that nourished my wounded spirit and gave me hope. Verses like the following:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…Psalm 46:1,2

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

I read of a woman who, during the severe tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in December 2004, was saved from certain drowning by clinging to a palm tree floating beside her.

Jesus was that palm tree for me. I discovered that when life hits us with a tsunami, Jesus is there in the water with us. Clinging to Him we are saved. Knowing Him is the most valuable relationship in the world.

What’s happening in your life right now? Do you know Jesus is right there with you.

Cling to him and He’ll bring you out in due time.

By Helen Lescheid

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