By Joni Eareckson Tada
Advent: the cost of rubies -- The anger that heals -- respiring room -- by no means on my own -- enough grace -- reside while you are ready -- A legacy of prayer -- wish past solutions -- larger via some distance -- Why could He say no? -- in the back of enemy traces -- end: Marching to Zion
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He wanted this rich, sophisticated, urban church in Corinth to taste a small slice of his life, to understand that their apostle had been so burdened that he actually thought he wouldn’t live through it. Yet in the very same letter, Paul could say, “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed” (2 Corinthians 4:8, emphasis added). That last word . . crushed. ” But how could that be? What did he mean? How can you be encircled, pressed in, and hedged about and not be cramped? How can you be confined, shackled, chained, locked in, and closed up in a dungeon and not be hemmed in?
Not now. But here they come anyway. I can feel those. Welling up in my eyes, streaking across my face. And my nose running, with no way to blow it. Am I going crazy? How do you know if you’re going insane? I’ve got to keep my mind occupied. I must do something . . think something. This room . . swathed in white. Everything white. Crown molding, tiles, windows, walls. The doctors in their white lab coats, the nurses in their white uniforms, hose, caps, shoes. A world of white — but not real-world white, like the falling snow outside the window.
And look at that king. Evil as he has been, when he heard the truth, he responded. He humbled himself. Even the kings of Israel haven’t been willing to do that. Do you see him? He’s leading his people in a national revival. And you still want to kill them all? ” That’s where the book ended, and since the author was most likely Jonah himself, we can assume that the prophet reflected on this conversation over the months and years of his life, and came around to God’s point of view. As childish and petulant as Jonah’s anger at God may seem to us, it was the best thing that could have happened to him because it brought the issues of his heart out into the light of day.
A lifetime of wisdom : embracing the way God heals you by Joni Eareckson Tada