Spark of Hope #105 – If your child’s imagination depicts monsters lying underneath his bed, it might take a flash-light sweep to show him the truth. Only then can he settle down for a restful night’s sleep. God calls us to trust in Him the way a child trusts a parent. Yet, that’s not so easy when you’re afraid of what’s under the bed … or ahead of you. From subtle signs beginning 11 years ago to her current need for 24/7 care, it’s taken my father that long to accept my mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s as if he’s believed that if it was not true in his heart and mind, then “it isn’t so.” That was perhaps easier than saying, “this disease is not going away and it’s going to steal my wife.” He continues struggling to accept its dreadful fall-out on her life, and ours. Isn’t that the way it is with life’s toughest journeys? Some take longer than others to stop climbing the stairs that seemingly lead nowhere. Facing the truth is often quite painful. Yet, if we hold their hand, give a reassuring hug, stay in the truth, and spotlight the little sparks of HOPE — Huge Outcomes will remain Possible Everyday.
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!