Day 157

“CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.”  Psalms 119:81

As I read this verse and heard the psalmist’s voice as he pleads with the Lord, I thought of another passage of Scripture:

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”  2 Corinthians 4:8-10

Two different people, two different times, but both held on hope because they believed in God.  I take great encouragement from reading the Scriptures and seeing God’s people staying faithful even in the midst of great trials.

I hope in God’s Word.  Don’t you?

My husband was a young boy when his parents took him to Maine to visit his grandparents.  They had a large home on the beach and Mark and his brother would spend their summer days playing on the sand and in the water.

On one such day, my husband got on a little styrofoam float and began floating in the waves.  He would jump off every so often to see if his feet could still reach the sandy bottom and then jump back on to float some more.  Apparently he began to day dream and soon found he was out into the waters that were over his head.  He tried to get his brother’s attention to no avail because the crashing surf was too loud for anyone to hear his small voice screaming for help.  The waters swirled beneath him and pulled him farther and farther towards the deep Atlantic Ocean.

(I stress out every time I think about this moment in my husband’s life. I hate thinking that I could have lost him before I ever even had the chance to meet him)

Mark floated away and held on to his little piece of styrofoam until his daddy looked up from building a sand castle and saw him.  Mark told me that when he saw his dad swimming towards him, he felt like everything would be okay.  He had hope that his dad would save him so he took a deep breath and just waited for his father to reach him.

But then his hopes were dashed as even his dad couldn’t even swim as far out as Mark had floated.  He watched as his dad began swallowing sea water and flailing around as his arms tired out from swimming such a long distance.  At this point, my husband said that he began to panic.  He didn’t know what was going to happen.

(I don’t think the movie JAWS had come out yet, but that is ALL I can imagine when I hear him tell this story)

Thankfully, there were two men down the beach that saw the commotion and figured out what was going on.  One man quickly grabbed his boat and the other picked up an inflatable tube and they rushed into action.  They were able to rescue both my father in law and my husband before it was too late.

We still have the newspaper clipping that is yellowed with age which tells of the day my husband almost floated out to sea and how his dad almost drowned trying to save him.

This is a perfect example of how we feel in our lives sometimes as those midnight hours come upon us and we feel like we are drowning in our pain.  I thank God that we can continually hope in His Word during these times.  The outcome may not be like we desire, but we know it will be perfectly orchestrated by our Father Who loves us and has a plan.

The psalmist says his soul almost fainted, but he held on to hope.  That is exactly what we need to do!

We can be cast down, perplexed and persecuted, but we are not without hope.

Read God’s Word to gain strength and hold on for one more day as God continues to work in your situation.  He loves you and He will help you.

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”  Psalms 42:5

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

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