A Sure Hope
A Sure Hope
By Lynn Wallace
Black clouds sneaked across the sky. Thunder rumbled in the distance and roared as it drew closer. Lightning flashed in the sky and the rain descended in torrents.
Meanwhile, the storm struck America. In 1932 she shivered as the depression weighed down upon her under the administration of Herbert Hoover. At this same time a mother gave birth to her first baby girl. She named her, Lynn.
While President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed his New Deal policies and congress passed it, Lynn toddled about the house.
When she passed three and one-half years, her family moved to Montrose, Colorado from Martinez, California. One day when she was a child of four or five, her Aunt Florence asked, "Can you go to church with me?" Mother gave permission, and Lynn began to attend Sunday School and church regularly.
Lynn asked serious questions to herself about the time she started to school. Who is Jesus? Is He God or is He man? In Sunday School she learned the Bible stories. They talked about Him as a man, but added "In Jesus' name" at the end of their prayers. World War II broke out and ended before she found an answer to her questions. President Roosevelt died in office and his Vice President, Harry S. Truman, was sworn into the highest office.
She had nearly finished grade school when someone asked, “Will you go to Bible School with me?” She accepted this invitation and attended Daily Vacation Bible School in the Oak Grove School house about four miles from town. There she heard that all have sinned, Jesus died for sinners, and rose again. Since she believed the Bible was true, she believed these facts. Still she lacked the peace of God and a sure hope.
Sometimes, Lynn took her Bible out and read it. Once she started reading the gospel of John, but the fourteenth chapter stumped her. Who is the Comforter? Because she did not understand, she stopped reading.
One time her classmate said, “The book of Revelation tells us about the future.” Because she wanted to know what was going to happen, Lynn read this book from beginning to end. However, her curiosity remained unsatisfied. The Bible speaks truly, “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14).
She had set her heart on a college education. Before leaving for Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, she acquired some pretty clothes and fine jewelry. She enjoyed wearing her finery, but education and things brought her no more peace than her religion had.
Restless, she changed schools. This time Lynn traveled to Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. “Will you dance with me?” her friend asked. “Let’s walk to town and enjoy a soda.” She ordered a strawberry soda, but he ordered a beer. She sat on the bridge on the lovely campus and talked to her girl friends. She loved this social whirl, but it did not bring lasting peace and joy to her heart.
Lynn had set her heart on becoming a foreign language interpreter. Doane did not offer the courses she needed. Because of this, she left for Whittier College to pursue a French major.
At the end of her junior year after Dwight D. Eisenhower stepped into the office of president, everything seemed to go wrong. Whittier did not offer a pure French major which necessitated her taking Spanish literature. She did not understand spoken Spanish, but all the other reports in Spanish literature were in Spanish. Lynn lost two nights of sleep over this problem.
Her boyfriend's letters started getting serious. “Will you marry me?” he asked. I can't marry, she thought, but I don't want to hurt his feelings. I like him. What can I do?
Even her health started to fail. To top it all off, the nurse said, “If you return to Whittier, you'll have to see a psychiatrist.” Therefore, she disliked this school.
In her dilemma, the Lord reached down and showed her the way. “Repent, repent,” He said in time with the old pump outside her bedroom window. Though she heard not an audible voice, He spoke just as surely. “Lynn, you're a sinner. I died for your sins. I rose again that you might have life.” It is as God says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, had spoken to her heart. Again she dusted off her Bible and read it. The only place to look was up, and Lynn looked. She saw Christ hanging on the cross for her sins. She saw the empty tomb. She saw the risen Christ. In her heart she believed He did all this for her, and she trusted Him with her life.
She knelt down by her bed and prayed a childish prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” It was the only prayer she knew.
The Lord heard the prayer of her heart. Now she knew Him as her Saviour, and who Jesus was. He was and is both God and man. The Comforter had come to abide in her! Peace like a river flooded her heart.
The black clouds drifted away and the sun shone brightly. The Sun of righteousness had shined into her dark heart. God brought the sunshine of peace and joy into her life.
Then she prayed about schools. “Lord, shall I return to Whittier or not?” God assured Lynn it was best to finish her senior year there. During this year, she never saw the nurse again. God had taken care of her health problems. That last year, she lived in a small dormitory with Christians. They helped her get started in her Christian life. She had dedicated her life to serving the Lord. God led her to Bible school and then into mission work.
She wrote a hard letter to her boyfriend. In essence she said, “I received Christ as my Saviour. You believe in a different God. We cannot be happy together. I cannot marry you.” He never replied.
Back on December 23, 1970 when President Nixon had stepped into office, Lynn Hardy, became Mrs. Leon Wallace. God gave her a partner to work with on the Navajo mission field. With a sure hope she looks for the Son of God to come.
Sixteen years later, after Ronald Reagan had stepped into office, God called Leon home. About a week later He spoke to Lynn’s heart: “Lynn I want you to write for me.” Lynn seeks to serve the Lord by writing. Not only is her writing a comfort to her, but by it she hopes to bring comfort, peace and joy to others.
Bio: Lynn lives on her parents’ farm and enjoys watching deer at play. Robins, snowbirds, hawks, mourning doves, and other birds hunt for their grub. Once she watched a blue heron by the creek. Occasionally, she spies a raccoon. One turned around and looked at her. She enjoys jeeping in the high mountains, reading, artwork, and her writing. About eighty of Lynn’s articles found publication. Accent Bible Curriculum published two of her curriculum packages. In 2008 Ambassador Emerald International published her first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. She wrote it to help women sail calmly on life’s troubled seas.
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