"Hope deferred makes the heart sick..." says Proverbs 13:12.
Over the weekend, a couple of my girls and I got into an unplanned but intense conversation with a young lady, which left me feeling sad, broken and set me thinking. See, this young lady is smart and was once full of hope, dreams and aspirations. All of a sudden, a few years ago, she got sick and has been battling sickness since. She would have some good days and then many bad days. Doctors and specialists could not really pinpoint what the issues were; they would give several diagnosis, prescribe a treatment and still no drastic change happened. Of course we did our part and are still doing our part through prayers, fasting and counseling. She quit her job and put college on ice.
I can say she has been through hell and back. The good news is she is still standing and things are finally looking up. God has been good. She is trying to get her life back on track by looking for jobs and looking to go back to school. The conversation centered around school and the course she has chosen to do. The course itself is not bad but for a girl who was on track to complete her prerequisites and apply to Pharmacy school, she has settled for a very low hanging fruit. Why? Because the sickness has left her feeling despondent, robbed her of her confidence, put fear in her, made her question her abilities and whether her brain still has the capacity to handle a tough course like Pharmacy or Nursing (BSN). She is afraid to challenge herself because she is unsure of who she is now and her capabilities. The long battle with sickness has drained her of her hope. She waited so long for her complete healing and in the process lost her fire.
We did our best to reignite her fire, to challenge her to dream again, to believe she can still make it and not to settle. She admitted that she chose the course because it is easy and does not require much thinking or analysis.
I know some of you dear readers can relate to this story, whether you are waiting for healing, a husband, a new job, hoping to fix a marriage, hoping for your children to change, etc. Sometimes the enemy uses delay to drain us of our hope and other times God Himself employs the same tool to draw us closer to Himself and push us to trust Him more.
Whatever delay you are experiencing in your life I would like to encourage you to keep hope alive. To do that find a scripture or two, memorize and speak it (them) as part of your daily routine until your mind is renewed and your hope restored. Then surround yourself with people of hope and faith, who will encourage you to stand strong. Above all, refuse to quit.
God still has a good plan for your life. These interruptions are temporary so keep hope alive as you watch God work through grace to bring you to a good place. Here are a few scriptures to pep you up. Find more, personalize them and commit them to memory. Stand on them daily.
Romans 4:18, Isaiah 43:18-19, Jeremiah 29:11, Deuteronomy 31:8, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 55:2, Psalm 34:17-19.
Lady Monica ❤