Illness May Sap My Energy, But I Won’t Let it Touch My Hope

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 (Corinthians 4:16)

Americans love big helpings. My weakness is peanut butter fudge ice cream. And so is Italian food. I’m also a huge fan of caramel apples. In fact, all three would make the perfect meal! But doctors warn us that overindulgence can be bad for our health.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply order things that would improve our emotional condition? Are you in despair? How ‘bout ordering a huge helping of “hope”? Anyone–especially those with disabilities–can never have too much of that!

Having a disease like multiple sclerosis (MS) can lead to helplessness. My feeble attempts to feel hopeful fail. I know the truth about my illness. No one can guarantee I’ll be spared serious vision or walking limitations. There are no assurances of a cure being found before I become more disabled. After years of disease progression, hope can dim.

But, my sense of powerlessness is erased when I reflect on the overflowing hope God offers. “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)

Praise God for His promise of abundant hope!

The Bible offers an abundance of many things:

Abounding in love and faithfulness:
“. . . The compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” (Exodus 34:6)

“Surely You have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of Your presence.” (Psalm 21:6)

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20)

So, feel free to indulge in anything on God’s menu. Have as much as you want of His hope and blessings. Feast on His faithfulness. He’s your constant burden-bearer. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (Psalm 68:19)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Protect my mind from fearful thoughts of what this disease will do to me. Fill me afresh with Your abundant hope. I thirst for Your peace and presence. I praise Your for Your power to meet all my needs. Thank You for Your promise of love and faithfulness. You’re all I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her online community she reaches out to other parents of children with special needs.

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When have you felt most hopeless? How did God comfort you during that time?