There Is Hope Still

Published by Deborah Negron M.A.

April 30,2021

I don’t like worms. Anything that looks like a worm seems repulsive me….
However, a caterpillar may creep me out but the expectation of what it will becomes exhilarating to me. It reminds me of the fact that we are not always where we will be. A seemingly ugly beginning or stage in life can give birth to a different stage. Life is like this, we are in a constant process spiritually as well.

We may come to Christ with many hang ups, many hurts and brokenness. He is an expert at walking us through the process. His ability to transform our ashes in to beauty and to gove us joy for sorrow is amazing.

I used to have a phobia about elevators. When I was pregnant with my son, my dad went and spoke to the building manager and secured an apartment for me across the street from where my parents lived. I loved that studio apartment. It was much better than the rooming house I moved in to with my husband. I was young, foolish and an unwed mom. Getting married seemed the right thing to do. Any how, when we do things the wrong way, we pay the consequences in life.

Daddy to the rescue… The studio apartment was perfect. Just big enough and a place close to them. Well, never being afraid of heights, I thought it was a cool view from the 19th floor apartment.

One day, at about 8 months pregnant, the elevator got stuck between the floors. I think it was between the 17th and18th floors.
No matter. I was terrified. I do not recall if it was 15 or 20 minutes or more. I was stuck in there. I cried, screamed, pressed the alarm. The emergency lights went on. It was fairly dark. It seemed like an eternity. The feeling of being alone was awful. The uncertainty, the sense of dread I felt was horrible.

The firefighters came and I was pulled out safety. After that, I could not lookout the window of my apartment. I became afraid of elevator and high places.

Go figure, God has way of making us face our fears and his power to overcome is made evident in our lives. Today, I live in a 21st floor. Imagine, that scared young girl….
God is in the transforming business. He loves to restore. He loves to cause there to be life where there was death and fear and sorrow.

My mom and dad faced many challenges, yet, they overcame them with the the strength of the Lord. Their lessons to me were clear… Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not on your own understanding…

I can say, I did not see this coming.
His mercies are new every morning.
No, I do not like elevators. But I am okay riding them to my destination.

Like a Caterpillar we may not see the whole picture.
The great thing is God sees the Beginning from the End. Nothing surprises him. He knows we are frail and fearful and weak. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

What an awesome God we serve. I thank God that he can make all things new.
So, I love to share how God can be your go to place too. He can bring you new life and give you a hope you did not know yo could have.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says,
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

The Word of God also says,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:17‭-‬21

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