So the past week was filled with some unexpected surprises (although come to think of it, all surprises are unexpected, right?).
The great news is that I have continued to make progress as I heal from my comparatively minor injuries from my recent car accident. However, I overdid things late last week, so I again have a flareup of my neck injury, which then limits the amount of time I can spend on the computer and phone. Consequently, I have been resting.
Understand that what I’m experiencing is comparatively minor. Again, the blessing in all of this is that my injuries have been quite mild, and that my car barely has a scratch on it it, despite it having been hit (at the speed of freeway traffic no less!).
Indeed — that is the primary thing for which I am most grateful this past week: having taking my car into the auto mechanic to see if any structural damage had been done, only to have him tell me that nothing was wrong with the vehicle at all (and he also did not charge me for his assessment). This was great news!
Also, I continue to miss everyone here on WordPress! 😥 With all that is going on, I sometimes wonder if the Lord is calling me to perhaps close this blog. However, since I have not specifically received that direction from Him, I am not going to do it. Should that change, I will certainly let you know (after all, at the rate I’m posting, I’m going to have to change the name of this blog from Daily Hopeful to Weekly Hopeful). 😅
This is where the verse from John 14 comes in handy for me this week. I was starting to feel a little discouraged, but then I heard a really good message at church this past weekend that helped me to view my problems in the proper perspective. Also, this verse reminds me that while I’m not necessarily spared from the hardships of life, I do have a choice about whether or not I allow my heart to be troubled. To me this is an important lesson.
And while I’m not sure how the New Testament Greek breaks it down, the fact that the verse says “do not let your heart be troubled” in English seems to imply (to me, anyway) that there is an element of choice in the matter.
What do you think? And what strategies do you employ to counteract discouragement in your life?