Does each day greet you with an unwelcome chill? Do your circumstances frown? Here is some perspective.
Look ahead in hope. Because of God’s work within your heart, you confess "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18). God’s glory at the resurrection of the dead is powerful, immense, and full of splendor. All human suffering pales in comparison. There will be no more crutches or canes, trips to the pharmacy, hearing aids, or homes for old folks.
Rest secure in the prayers of the Spirit. Circumstances overtake you. You do not know what to say or what to pray. You need not succumb to fear or be dismayed. "The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words" (Romans 8:26). The Holy Spirit lifts perfect prayers to the Father for us. His prayers are heard and answered.
Trust the overriding power of God for good. The storm clouds of life may be dark. There may be no silver lining. Yet, "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).