Last year I lost my grandmother, who was my best friend and practically my mother. I also had three shoulder surgeries. I was confused, lost, and completely hopeless. I felt as if God had left me in the middle of my worst nightmare.
We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3–4 (NIV)
I had no clue that God was making a path for me. And yet, throughout that year, I felt God calling me to be an oncologist and to help families cope with the pain and confusion of dealing with cancer.
Not everyone’s story is the same, but we all face pain. Romans 5:3–4 encourages us to look for hope even in the toughest times. I pray that persevering through my own struggles will help me to offer hope to others.
HOLD ON TO HOPE: Being truly hopeless is frightening. Hopelessness can eat away at us until there’s nothing left. Hold on to hope. Let it become a light for the dark days when all seems lost. Offer hope to others. Give them the gift that God has given you, the assurance that light shines through the darkness.
Wesley Overhults [Lexington, KY]