Pain is real. Often times in deep places of grief we search to find answers to some hard questions, like why?
It’s in those places where somehow, our soul scrapes the depths of our being in order to find hope to go on.
In Unreasonable Hope, Pastor Chad Veach writes about his journey to cling to hope when all hope seems gone. He and his wife Julia care for their daughter Georgia who was born with a rare brain disorder called lissencephaly.
On “diagnosis day,” when their first-born was four months old, doctors told them their daughter would never develop mentally or physically past three months. She’d never roll over, crawl, walk or be able to communicate with them. And she would likely not live past ten years old.
Veach described what it’s like to celebrate little milestones like a small smile, moments of eye contact or a day without a seizure and then go out in public and see other kids crawling, walking, talking or running.
He writes candidly about the struggles involved in caring for Georgia. He shares how he learned to move beyond just having faith to holding onto hope as well.
He encourages others to know that although they may not find hope in their circumstances, they can find hope in Jesus who comes alongside them during the hard times.
“Pain may be real, but so is God’s ability to pull us out of it.”
The book is divided into four parts. The Struggle, The Remedy, The Rest, and The Better. Each section ends with a conclusion providing action steps aimed to help the reader discover the hope found in Christ.
One of my favorite action steps was:
“Be convinced of God’s love and grace even when you don’t feel like it. Don’t let the emotions of one day change how you understand God the next day. God will never change despite how you may feel.”
The wonderful discovery even in the midst of sorrow is that Jesus is the hope who not only walks with you through pain but brings purpose to it.
I was given a copy of this book by BooklookBloggers in exchange for my honest review.