The last month of our lives has not gone according to plan. It's been filled with ups and downs.
While getting David ready for bed one night, I noticed a bump inside his nose. I called my husband to bring a flashlight and we took a closer look. Definitely not a boogie. So the next morning I called the pediatrician. A series of doctor visits followed…ENT, pediatric ENT, cardiologist, surgery consult.
It turns out the bump is nothing to be too concerned about, it was just blocking the left sinus and had to be removed. What should have been fairly simple was complicated by sickness and four hour drives to the city to see various specialists and get cardiac clearance.
We tried to do fun things on our quick trips to LA to keep things entertaining for the boys. We visited Disneyland, stayed in a beautiful hotel one night, ate plenty of McDonald's and even bought a dvd player for the car. But doing fun things really isn't enough to give joy.
Joy in the midst of unexpected curcumstances comes from somewhere else. It isn't something I can 'muster up' or pretend is real. I might be able 'muster up' a smile for a short period of time. But real joy comes from hope. And my hope comes from knowing that painful circumstances won't last. My hope is in the Lord.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
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