Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. –Romans 12:12
This was one of the verses included in my devotions this morning. I had to chuckle a little as I read that verse, in light of what I’ll be going through this afternoon.
In a little while I’ll be sipping a lovely “cocktail” in preparation for a routine procedure in the morning. I have not looked forward to this at all. I remember well the nastiness of the drink and how I couldn’t finish it the last time. I also don’t like it when I’m not in control of a situation, so these things usually make me more nervous and fearful than your average person.
So, I’ve done a lot of praying for peace and protection and for good results. The normal types of prayers. I also have prayed in hopes that somehow the taste could be blocked. Seriously. Not to gross you out, but I almost gag at the memory of five years ago when I last drank from this gutter drink.
I sat with my mother for a while last evening and while we sat quietly in her living-room I spent some time in prayer and was reminded of God’s faithfulness to bring us peace and I knew he’d be with me through this ordeal. And he will.
You can imagine my chuckle this morning when I read that verse in light of my prayers and upcoming procedure. So, I am doing my best to be joyful in the hope that I won’t taste or even have to drink all of it. I am trying really hard to be patient with my current ‘affliction” (I think that word is very appropriate for the insult of having to drink the dreaded concoction) and I think faithful in prayer applies here as I’ve done my share of asking for strength to get through this.
I know this verse is to remind us of our hope of heaven and that our suffering or afflictions are nothing in light of that hope. I also realize that what I will be experiencing this afternoon and tomorrow morning is nothing in light of Christ’s suffering, or even the suffering of one who is facing life threatening illness. I don’t take these things lightly. But reading this verse this morning, reminded me that Jesus loves us and he cares about us. He understands our fears and he will be with us in all things, even the minor things that can make us apprehensive. He also sends us the right scripture at the right time to drive home the point.
Whatever you are facing today I hope that you take hope, practice patience and pray faithfully.
Hoping in Grace,