Hope Shines

This morning I awoke knowing I had some medical tests to endure on a hot summer day.  Of course, I hoped the results would be that the multiple sclerosis is stable and there weren’t any new active lesions in the brain or spine, but I didn’t know what the outcome would be.  This morning I had an MRI of my brain and c-spine, which took about two hours, and I hadn’t expected to receive the results before the end of the day.  So when I saw the portal message from my neurologist about test results, I felt eager to see what the powerful new MRI machine would reveal.  Surprisingly, the report was completed and my doctor already sent me the good news–no new lesions apparently and no active lesions, and another matter noticed previously had not changed, so that also was encouraging news.   We can continue with the current treatment because it is doing just what we hoped it would.   Sometimes the things we hope for in this life come to fruition.  Sometimes they don’t.  But genuine hope shines even in the midst of adversity or challenging health.  Yes, hope shines.  Thank You, Heavenly Father, for a hope that transcends all this stuff we encounter in a fallen world.  And, thank You for encouraging news in this journey with health this side of eternity.  One day disease will no longer impact anything, and MRI’s won’t be necessary, one day in Your Presence where beauty and wonder will captivate our hearts.