Words of Hope and Faith for the Weary

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

I am late posting this week because things have been a bit hectic in my life, and for this delay, I would like to apologize to all of my avid readers. All things are excellent though, and I give the glory to God. Someone quit at my job, and I have been working a few extra days a week. With my writing, bible studies, husband’s business, and family, virtually all of my time has been taken up. All the hard work is all worth it though, because I have great expectations that everything God leads me to will work out for my good in the end. I love to mediate on a special scripture during these times, it helps me keep going even when I have so little time to myself, and feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

In my spare time, I am reading a book that I read many years ago when I was only a teen; coming into to my remembrance, I decided to read it again. Bellevue Is a State of Mind, by Anne Barry. In my understanding the book is a sad reminder of the lives that some people experience. It is a true story about Anne Barry, who spent a week, 1969, as a patient in the psychiatric ward of the Bellevue hospital located in New York. As an investigative patient (she had herself admitted) at the hospital, Anne spent time on ward N7. Developing a familiarity with its patients, she spoke of the oddities, illnesses, and hopelessness of the group of women on the ward.

Reading this book as a teen, still naive to the sickness in this world, I saw the people she spoke of as helpless victims, misunderstood and mistreated by the people who were supposed to help them. Therefore, after growing up, I set out to solve all of their ills. I went to school, received my bachelors in psychology, worked in social service agencies, and toiled toward getting into medical school. I needed to become a psychiatrist to do the work I wanted to do at places like Bellevue so I could fix everything with kindness and my intellectual ability. However, along the way, true life experiences clouded my thinking, and my illusion of help through counseling and psychiatric medicines was shattered. None of my associates cared for the clients, and the callous ways of some of the patients was too much for me. My bosses told me I was not hard enough, so I left that behind and went to school for business, which was no better, but that is different story, and I will stay on track for now.

The end of the story is, I realized that working in institutions dealing with the mind’s issues, and those leading to abuses, was not for me; it was not my calling so to speak. Years later, giving my life to God, in totality, he reignited my passions to help wounded souls, who through their psyches, are lost and need God’s help. Traditional psychiatric methods, great for some people, was not for me, I would help by professing God’s great love and mercy.  God wants me and YOU to have great expectations of him, depending upon Him for health in our bodies as well as in our minds.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The bible calls expectations faith, and gives us wonderful examples of people believing in God, and He, in turn, changed their situations, even when things looked hopeless. It is this faith, or expectation that God is true, Jesus died for us, and God wants to be our father, helping us always, that we stand upon. When we lose hope, the world and all of its problems, necessities, and trials become too much. Let me tell those of you reading this, that, God is there and you don’t have to fall prey to your own thoughts or words of others if you allow Him to comfort you.

Except for those possessed by demons, which I believe is possible in some circumstances, and those with brain injuries, or birth defects, I believe that most people suffer because of their own ignorance or unbelief. People suffering in their minds, I know I was there, have no great expectations or any expectations most of the time, not to mention having hope in God.  But today, I want to shout out to you, WE CAN HAVE GREAT EXPECTATIONS IN GOD.

Hebrews 12:12-13 (KJV) Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

When we have these expectations, we learn to no longer look at the problems facing us, but we look to God for the answers. This give us freedom from depressions, overly stressing, fears, anxieties and a whole bunch of other things that can lead to mental break downs.

Psalms 23 (KJV) 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.