“Oh Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.” (Psalm 130:7)
What do you do when flashbacks of what happened to you haunt your days and nightmares of what you wish you could forget plague your nights?
I have heard stories of traumatic experiences that rend the heart. I have seen the glazy look of hopelessness and the tears streaming.
When we experience the sense of being vulnerable after our traumatic experiences, it may not be easy for us to see the potential for good amid suffering, except we choose to find hope in the Lord.
The good news is that there is hope for all. It is a sure and confident hope arising from what we know is true about our God. It is grounded on the pledged unfailing love of God and His readiness and abundant resources to redeem and ransom us. We hope for what He has promised.
Our hope is in God’s unfailing love. Those who put their hope in God’s Word will keep trusting and waiting on Him. He is tender-hearted, kind and forgiving. He has uncountable ways to bring redemption for us and set us free from the shackles of the past. You have tried so hard to push past your painful experiences, yet the sense of loss seems to overwhelm you.
Let me remind you of the faithfulness of my God. Let His whispers of unfailing love fill your ears and still your anxious thoughts.
Questions to Ponder:
Is there an ache gnawing in your heart reminding you of what you have lost or cannot have?
Is there a pain throbbing in deep places about what used to be?
Prayer of Response:
Lord we praise You that Hope knows that no matter how much injustice is meted to me, You Lord, will take up my case and give me justice for all the suffering I have endured. We praise You because You have the power to save and redeem. Amen!
—Submitted by Irene Olumese
Irene is a lung transplant survivor and a bilateral amputee. She speaks and writes to inspire hope. As a Faith-Informed Transformational Trauma Coach, Irene helps those going through adversities to go beyond their traumatic experiences and find purpose through them. Irene is the Founder of the Feet of Grace Foundation, which provides prosthetic limbs to indigene amputees. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband, Peter and they two adult sons.