By Joni Eareckson Tada
It is not what I misplaced. it truly is what i have discovered. i used to be merely seventeen, only a woman, while God requested me for every thing I had ... my health and wellbeing, my hopes, my independence, my desires, my freedom, and my mobility. He took all of it. i used to be so offended with Him that i attempted to push Him away. God relentlessly held me extra heavily. on reflection, 40 years later, I needless to say God has replaced and healed me---my middle and my mind---in the main unforeseen methods, giving me rubies of His knowledge approximately an unbending religion and an adventure of His mercy i will be able to now let you know approximately. used to be it a good alternate, my freedom and no wheelchair for the rubies of knowledge i have been given? completely. during this i've got discovered on the ft of the Lord Jesus, embracing the way in which that God heals us, even if we rage at Him in anger, worry, and depression. This ebook isn't approximately what I misplaced in that diving coincidence see you later in the past. it truly is concerning the knowledge he is given me to dwell lifestyles victoriously within the face of disappointments and demanding situations that all of us face.
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In so doing, He opens the doors for His disappointed, sometimes-angry sons and daughters to air their complaints. Take your grievances directly to the Lord, which means moving toward the Lord. Go ahead and vent disappointment, express hurt, and even question the goodness of the Almighty. But whatever you do, don’t badmouth Him to others. Please don’t sow seeds of discord or incite rebellion among friends against God. Don’t talk behind His back. Engage Him, head on. When you think about it, the people you really get angry with are the ones you trust most deeply.
Somewhere after the first year of lying paralyzed in my hospital bed, somewhere after my bleak prognosis drained every ounce of hope — even anger, righteous and unrighteous — out of me, despair moved in. I refused to get up for physical therapy. I turned my head away when friends came to visit. Hazel, a black nurse’s aide from Mississippi, noticed I was slipping away. She knew I had taken a liking to her. Ambling into my room, she would pull up a chair, and take her cigarette breaks by my bed. ” she’d ask, lighting up.
I knew I wasn’t alone. Even then. I knew God was with me. Young as I was, I already had a history of witnessing God’s kindness and faithfulness in my life. And today, some four decades later, I’m as sure of His presence as I’m sure of the sky above and the earth below. I know the truth. I know the promises. And I can quote you chapter and verse. ” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. ” (Hebrews 13:5) Then Jesus came to them and said, . . ” (Matthew 28:18, 20) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
A Lifetime of Wisdom by Joni Eareckson Tada