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“Only when our greatest love is God, a love that we cannot lose even in death, can we face all things with peace. Grief was not to be eliminated but seasoned and buoyed up with love and hope.” John Piper 

In Pharaoh’s famous dreams, seven scrawny cows gobbled up seven large, well-fed cows. Next, seven sickly ears of corn consumed seven plump ears. In both cases, the dreams warned that seven harsh, painful years would overwhelm seven good, plentiful years.   

Bitter times don’t just come alongside and pester; their goal is to destroy. Favorite foods lose their flavor. Small problems feel insurmountable. A good night’s sleep becomes a dark hole of insomnia. Dreary shades of beige wallpaper every room.   

Disease destroys health, divorce destroys marriage, termination destroys income, and conflict destroys peace. They all strive to destroy our stability and confidence. The dark days’ endgame is to destroy our hope.  

When the scrawny cows of pain and loss seek to consume our hope, we cling to the promise of the writer of Hebrews: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” (Hebrews 6:19) 

Behind the curtain of the tabernacle was the holy of holies, the dwelling place of God’s presence. Our anchor does not rest on health, relationships, position, or peace but with God Himself. Anchored to Him through a relationship with Jesus, our souls can have hope despite the storms that swirl around us.   

Dan Bolin


Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc


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