Saturday, August 4, 2007

Love Hopes All Things

It's 2:00 in the morning. I was lying in bed tossing and turning. My heart was anxious and my head was spinning. I was worried about our son. He’s just 5 and he’s already having problems at school.

It’s almost 3:00 AM. I still could not sleep. Whispering, I prayed “God, what future does my son hold? Show us how we can help him” I did not hear an audible answer. But in the stillness of the night I knew the Lord had spoken and said “For I know the plans I have for G…plans of good and not of evil…to give him a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). With these comforting words, I went to sleep.

This happened a year ago…and from that, I’ve learned to appreciate this aspect of love that I’ve not focused on before: hope!

More than anyone, God knows the depth of my love for G. And on that night, God reminded me that He loves G so much more than I possibly can! After that prayer, God has been showing us each day his wonderful plan. Hope unfolds every step that leads to G’s bright future. No longer am I anxious. Instead, love has taken away my fears. Yes, there are times when I still worry, but I have learned to turn my worries into prayers and the result is a tremendous hope!

This is the power of love. It is fueled and sustained not by an ever-changing emotional or physical state, but by deep beliefs and hopes that are given by God to those who trust Him. Real love has a capacity to view life – and live with it – with an optimism that is refreshing because of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col:27)

Real love can hope because of what God can do in a person’s life. Love…hopes all things.

(from my Journal, written 6/14/2004)

Update: Sometime after writing the above journal entry in 2004, we discovered that G has dyslexia. With proper remediation, he gained his confidence. He is now in 4th grade and doing well in school. He has to work harder than the rest of the class but knowing that "he's not dumb" but just "learn differently" made a huge difference in his school life :)


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful reminder that even in the middle of the night God calms our fears and meets us where we are.

Glad to hear G is getting the extra help. Did you know I am a special ed teacher.......I have the joy of writing those IEP's :) BTW, not my favorite part of the job!

Anonymous said...

God is good
praying that G continues to do well at school
i tell that to my son often

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for that post.I can't tell you how much its touched me today.I've been going through some particularly tough times lately,everything just seemed to fall apart in my life.Somehow, all the hope and faith I had as a christian just seemed to fade away.Its so much reassurance to know that even if things are going awry,I have a loving father above who's able to make something beautiful out of all the mess in my life.That reassurance is the most sweetest thing in the world to me now.