Job 11:18 – You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
Knowing you have to endure a painful sickness the rest of your life is difficult to cope with. You try to stay closed up in denial, but it doesn’t change anything. It still hurts. It still can destroy our happiness. It still follows us where ever we go. There’s no use in trying to escape it, because you can’t. Denial is not only fruitless, but can cause our illness to increase in velocity and strip away our inner strength. When you accept even negative things in your life, hope begins to bloom. Sometimes that hope miraculously heals us. Sometimes it doesn’t heal us physically, but it gives us the strength to not just endure our sickness, but to bloom a rose garden of beauty in our lives. God loves roses. He’s ready to plant them in our lives if we let him.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.