Recently, a woman that I greatly love and respect, spent some time in the ER for chest pains. She prayed that the Lord would give her good conversations and that no mistakes would be made. Over the course of her few hours there she saw ten medical professionals. (I only saw three when I went to the ER.) Why did so many stop by? Was her case that difficult? No. The answer was simple she offered hope to a few people who needed it.
She encouraged one who was having her first day back after a leave of absence to stay home with her son who has leukemia. She encouraged another who’s wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She praised those who did good work at their jobs. Over and over the Lord used her to speak life to those who desperately needed encouragement.
Her chest pains were caused by anxiety over the upcoming holiday and the fact that some family members needed her help. Her anxiety eased once she realized that her heart was fine and because her focus switched from self to others. God used her that day because she desired to please him in a difficult situation.
What about you? Do you offer hope in difficult situations? Or do you grumble and complain? If you are a believer in Christ then you have the hope the world so desperately needs. Will you share it?
Romans 5:1-8 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possible dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”