Sometimes it can seem like life with chronic illness is endless. Day after day of struggling to get through what we have to–even when that isn’t very much. Each day seems to drag on and when the pain is bad and there is not much sign of improvement, I sometimes wonder how I can go on facing more of the same.
This verse in Micah reminds me that I can. Even when I wonder how, I am reminded again that I can because I have hope and I’m watching for the Lord in hope. As Micah says in verse 18 of this same chapter, “Who is a God like You”.
They say no one can live a day without hope. You can live without food for 40 days, without water for 4 days–but not even one day if you have no hope. For me, that shows how important it is to keep on believing and hoping. If I want to keep going, I have to.
There is comfort in this verse too, that as I hold on to the hope that I have in my Saviour. When I cry out from my pain, or when I just don’t understand, God will hear me.
Everyone wants to be heard. It often helps me to verbalise what I’m feeling to someone and somehow it doesn’t seem quite as bad anymore. Maybe someone else has been there too, or just knowing that they understand and can tell you it’s okay to feel what you do, can make a huge difference. How much more are we blessed to have a God who hears and understands our cries.
God wants us to cry out to Him, to tell Him how we feel–and He promises to always hear us.
Prayer: Father, help us to remember that no-one is like You. We can face each new day in the hope that You give us and the promise that you always hear us. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the hope God gives her, as she faces each day with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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What promises do you hold on to, that help you get up each morning to face another day?