You may have suffered loss, tragedy and difficulty all wrapped up in one neat package we call “life”.
These types of stories I always find interesting.
I have at times walked up to someone, even a complete stranger, and sat down beside them and said, “Tell me your story.”
What happens next is nothing short of amazing.
I have heard stories of homelessness, loss of children, the simultaneous loss of family members, separation of a long lost love, financial ruin, rape, incest, murdered parents, suicide, attempted suicide, all types of stories.
When they come to a stopping point, I ask them, “How did you survive all that?”
One word will generally surface.
The word hope.
In the weaving of their collective stories, in each of them there came a moment, one single instance, when they knew they would survive and be able to function again.
As though one ray of sunshine had broken through their storm.
In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah, spends much time lamenting the tragedy which had befallen Jerusalem.
In verse twenty of the third chapter, Jeremiah writes, “For I can never forget these awful years; always my soul will live in utter shame.”
You might surmise that all is lost and there is nothing good that can come from this experience.
But then comes the word “yet”.
When the word “yet” is written, it typically means that everything that has been written prior to this word is about to change.
The following passage has been a place of sanctuary for me recently.
When I thought there was little else in my life I could lose, I read these words.
“Yet there is one ray of hope; his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him. It is good both to hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:21-26 (TLB)
Today you may know someone whose world is falling apart, it may even be yours.
Look for the one ray of hope.