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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Eyes in the Fog
By Virginia Gorg
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“I’m taking the boys and leaving tomorrow. I love your daughter, but I just can’t put up with it anymore.”
My son-in-law woke me at midnight to tell me this. They have been living with us for several months since his discharge from the Marines. There have been many fights among them with suspicions of adulterous behavior on her part.
My husband and I prayed, specifically and brokenly. My concern is that my daughter will fall deeply into debt and despair and have nowhere to turn. I cannot fix this, and it grieves my heart.
My son-in-law is devastated for he deeply loves his wife. My daughter expresses a need to have some space and determine what she wants in life. My grandchildren are so young (two and four) and I know they will be most adversely affected in this situation. I pray that the morals and values instilled in my daughter as a child will carry her now that she is an adult.
A long time later that night, I fell into a fitful sleep. In the wee hours of morning, I awoke with the words “hope gives us the eyes to see in the fog.” The fog is a fitting description of what I see right now in my daughter’s life. The impenetrable fog covers her eyes. She doesn’t have the hope to look ahead. She doesn’t know Jesus.
The next morning, I read Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes a heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
I believe that God is telling me to hold fast to hope and do not defer or delay hoping. While my daughter may fall into the deepest hopelessness in her life, Jesus will be there to catch her when she falls.
As a mother, I must give her to Jesus – joyfully. I must wait in hopeful expectation that she will turn from her ways, repent, and fall brokenly into His loving arms. I must trust that Jesus will sustain her and protect her from undue harm. I pray that she will see His strength and hand throughout this time.
Although I do not know what will happen in the future, this I do know: God knows the plans for each of us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). I will hold fast to His words and believe that my longing will be fulfilled. I must be diligent to the very end, in order to make my hope sure (Hebrews 6:11). For now, I will pray fervently for my daughter and trust in the might and power of Jesus to prevail.
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