I've been clinging to HOPE on a daily basis for a long time now. When I speak of HOPE, I'm really speaking of the Lord because all my HOPE is in the Lord! He is so worthy of my faith and HOPE!
Like you, I've been through a lot of hard things in my life. Some of the worst have revolved around health issues including cancer and this last surgery that didn't go too well. When we're going through these things, it's difficult to have HOPE, but HOPE we must have!
Surviving these things with our mental and spiritual faculties in tact is so important. I'm not saying I didn't have some issues. After this last surgery, I started having panic attacks and they would come at me early in the morning like a wave. It was, I believe, an attack from the enemy who didn't want me to have HOPE in the Lord and wanted me to be lost in despair. That horrid satan likes nothing better than to keep God's children in the dumps. Anyway, had I not had HOPE and faith in the Lord, I wonder how much worse my attacks would have been? Would I have come out of it with all kinds of problems emotionally? Thankfully, I don't have to even go there.
There was a Scripture that I would meditate on when I was going through everything. Even now, I meditate on this when I'm having a difficult day and the pain is bad or I can't walk because my leg is too swollen or painful.
He will cover you with His feathers;
you will take refuge under His wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
I picture myself tucked under the Lord's wings - protected and safe - knowing that He is protecting me. Such a comforting thought!
Is it any wonder that my HOPE is in the Lord? He has been so faithful to take care of me!
Blessings - Julie