BRIGHTER TO­MOR­ROWS

Activated - - NEWS - By Irena Žabičková IRENA ŽABIČKOVÁ IS A FULL-TIME VOL­UN­TEER FOR PER UN MONDO MIGLIORE5 IN CROA­TIA AND ITALY.

WHAT DOES ONE DO WHEN THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS GET SHAT­TERED? What should one do to move for­ward from dis­ap­point­ment on to new hopes?

These were the ques­tions I asked my­self when I heard about a dis­ap­point­ing set­back. A friend of mine and her fam­ily were go­ing to team up with us on some of our vol­un­teer projects. I was very much look­ing for­ward to it, but in the end, much to my dis­may, it didn’t work out.

When I heard the news, a quote popped into my mind: “The fu­ture is as bright as the prom­ises of God.” That sounded nice, but what prom­ises? I was re­minded of sev­eral Bi­ble verses: “All things work to­gether for good to those who love God.” “Trust

1 in the Lord with all your heart; do not de­pend on your own un­der­stand­ing. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” “I

2 will not leave you com­fort­less: I will come to you.” “Your ears shall hear a

3 word behind you, say­ing, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’”

4 As I started pon­der­ing each of these verses, new hope flooded my soul. My mind went from an ar­ray of dark gray tones to a bright and fully col­ored vivid im­age: this sit­u­a­tion isn’t the end of the road, nei­ther for me, nor for them. God knows the big pic­ture, and He has some­thing won­der­ful in store for all.

True, the devel­op­ment was dis­ap­point­ing for me. But when I fil­tered it through God’s prom­ises, I was able to see a com­pletely fresh new leaf turn­ing for my friend and her fam­ily—a page full of new and awe­some pos­si­bil­i­ties. Ex­cite­ment started welling up inside me and I couldn’t wait to hear of the won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties that would open up for them.

This in­ci­dent taught me that if we al­low dis­ap­point­ment to cloud our eyes, our out­look be­comes bleak, and it is dif­fi­cult to see the fu­ture with faith and con­fi­dence. But if we let the rays of God’s prom­ises shine into our minds, they cre­ate a light show that turns ev­ery shadow inside out. New hope starts form­ing, cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive blueprint for the fu­ture. Our pos­i­tive, hope­ful out­look en­ables us to see pos­si­bil­i­ties, and we can step out with con­fi­dence into brighter to­mor­rows.

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