Hope is not a way around,
it’s a way through.
Countless times I have prayed that God would take this disease away from my grandchild. I know He is completely capable of miraculously removing it TODAY, but I also know that more often than not, He chooses instead to grant extra grace and strength — so that we can walk through it to the other side.
Hope in Jesus is the way through difficulty, not around it.
It came to me as I lay in bed praying one night, that this brief earthly life is my only opportunity to shine for Jesus in a mortal body — a body filled with frailty, fear, and sometimes disease. Once I pass into eternity, I will walk by sight and the faith once needed to obey without seeing Him face to face will no longer be required.
Walking through the struggles of this mortal life with hope fueled by faith is a glory-filled activity. It bears testimony to my trust in Him, a trust that holds firm no matter how hard I am buffeted by earthly storms. This kind of faith, the faith of a mortal being, bears what Paul once called, a “weight of glory”.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:7-11, 16-18
I link arms with you, the “Unseen Army” of prayer warriors. I know there will be many more difficult days ahead as we fight this cancer with our little one. There is no other way but through it, refusing to relinquish our hope to any and every faith-bashing adversary. God is merciful. He has not left us alone or defenseless. The battle belongs to the Lord, and the victory is His to procure. (2 Chronicles 20:15) He is our unfailing hope and the One who provides a way through it.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.