Patience, Experience, Hope

Patience, Experience, Hope

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
– Romans 5:3-5 KJV

Must of us do not glory in tribulation. Facing a trial is daunting and paralyzing. What will happen on the other side? How will we have changed? These questions go through our mind as we face a battle.

I have faced tribulation but what has encouraged me is seeing my youngest child face it. My son has sickle cell. He’s experienced many illnesses ranging from debilitating pain to illnesses that require surgery.

Recently he was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and the removal of his tonsils and adenoids were recommended. Friends, this is his second surgery but for some reason I was fearful. I couldn’t seem to shake the anxiety of it all.

Yet my youngest was calm and relaxed. He left for the operating room without a backward glance. As we laid in the hospital room I asked him how come he wasn’t afraid.

He’s been here before. Not for tonsils, but he and the hospital are not strangers. High fevers, spleen crisis (and later removal), pain crises have all landed him in the hospital. Sometimes just an ER visit and sometimes admission. He knew he would be fine. He knew he would be healed. He knew God was watching over him.

The faith of a child is a marvelous thing. It’s my belief that God put children on this earth to remind us of His truths. Tribulation works patience in our lives. Patience to know that even though our answer to a prayer has not come, it will. Experience to know that God provided a way in the past and He’ll do so again. Hope because even if we can’t see a way, we know that God has one already planned out.

So today I wish to speak to that fear and anxiety resting in your mind. I wish to let you know that you can rest peacefully as you await God’s timing. I want you to remember the many blessings and provisions God has given you thus far. And I want you to hope. Hope that all will be well because He loves you.

How has patience, experience, and hope changed your current circumstances?

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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. The faith of a child, how beautiful! Toni, I’m praying your son has a speedy recovery.

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  2. Toni Shiloh says:

    Thank you so much!

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