By Joni Eareckson Tada
Advent: the cost of rubies -- The anger that heals -- respiring room -- by no means by myself -- adequate grace -- dwell when you are ready -- A legacy of prayer -- wish past solutions -- larger by way of a ways -- Why could He say no? -- in the back of enemy traces -- end: Marching to Zion
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If you find yourself in a confining situation, it is God who has confined you. In fact, it may become the widest place you have ever experienced. Hard-Pressed “We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). The apostle Paul was another prominent member of the Boxed-In Club. “I’m hard-pressed,” he told the Corinthians. When you and I say something like that, we might mean we have a term paper deadline coming up, a cluster of nagging household tasks to attend to, or maybe even some health issues or legal problems that trouble us.
Breathe in, breathe out. Exist. Is that all? IS THAT ALL? Are You sadistic? Why do You leave me alive, God? Stop toying with me and just take me. I don’t know what death is, but it can’t be worse than this.... O God, I can’t be this way, can’t go on this way. How do I stop this long slide into nothingness? But why should You even listen to me? If You were somewhere near me a few minutes ago—somewhere behind those ceiling tiles—now I have sent You away. And even You can’t see me, can’t hear me. Or won’t.
After she left, I struggled harder to contain the tears. I could not allow myself to cry because there would be no one to blow my nose or change my damp pillow. Suddenly a realization shot across my mind. I’m feeling something. Like a hibernating animal waking up, I felt something stir. No more emotional numbness. Instead, a magnetic pull toward hope. In the darkness, I found myself whispering to God, pleading for His mercy and help. My prayer was short, hardly more than a word or two, but it left the door open for Him to respond.
A lifetime of wisdom : embracing the way God heals you by Joni Eareckson Tada