"But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."
I came across this verse while reading scriptures on the first day of this new year and was particularly struck by it. How appropriate to find these words of hope and encouragement on that fresh new start of a day. Being somewhat consumed right now with trying to get my eating and exercise habits in control, not to mention the scheduling for writers on this blog (You should all be really excited about our co-authors, by the way. They have some really great stuff in store for all of us.), reading this scripture made me think of my goal to lose weight and be healthy. And as for seeing and seeing not, it made me think of my quiet wish to put on my clothes and have them look good on me or look in the mirror and see a flat tummy and a slimmer face. These are quiet wishes. The little sighs I feel inside me every morning. These are the things that only the Lord knows how much they matter to me. When I read this verse I feel the encouragement of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ telling me how proud they are of me for trying. (They also know how much I've been wanting ice cream.) When I read this I feel like it is possible. And the memory of these words sustains me when I'm dreaming of ice cream and Oreos and the Butterfinger Crisp that I saved out from my stocking. Starting out at 170 pounds, getting down to 125 pounds seems--at first glance--impossible. Except in hope and faith, I see it not, but with patience I wait (and work) for it.