A Lifetime of Wisdom: Embracing the Way God Heals You by Joni Eareckson Tada

By Joni Eareckson Tada

It’s now not what I misplaced. It’s what I’ve chanced on. i used to be in basic terms seventeen, only a woman, whilst God requested me for every little 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 indignant with Him that i attempted to push Him away. God relentlessly held me extra heavily. in retrospect, 40 years later, I needless to say God has replaced and healed me―my center and my mind―in the main unforeseen methods, giving me rubies of His knowledge approximately an unbending religion and an event of His mercy i will now inform you approximately. was once it a good alternate, my freedom and no wheelchair for the rubies of knowledge I’ve been given? totally. during this i've got discovered on the toes of the Lord Jesus, embracing the best way that God heals us, even if we rage at Him in anger, worry, and depression. This booklet isn't really approximately what I misplaced in that diving coincidence goodbye in the past. It’s concerning the knowledge He’s given me to reside lifestyles victoriously within the face of disappointments and demanding situations that all of us face.

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When I lay face down on the Stryker frame, I was able to flip the pages of a Bible with my mouth stick. I didn’t know where to turn, but the psalms drew me — and Job. And in those two books in the middle of my Bible, I encountered other heartbroken people with hard questions for the Almighty. The damp fog of my despair did not dissipate overnight, but I knew beyond all doubt I had turned a corner. I was moving in the direction of God. My questions had also created a paradox: In the midst of God’s absence, I felt His presence.

When Ephesians 4:26 says, “In your anger do not sin,” it’s clear that hostility is not always synonymous with sin. Not all anger is wrong. Cancer, bankruptcy, divorce, betrayal, or the birth of longed-for children with multiple handicaps push people to extremes. And please hear me here: Affliction will either warm you up toward spiritual things or turn you cold. Jesus said in Revelation 3:15 - 16: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! ” Hate is sometimes closer to love than a temperate, smiling indifference.

As the days and weeks went by, I earnestly wrestled with God, pleading and praying to Him. “O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3 KJV, italics mine). Looking back, it was dreadfully difficult. Yet in another sense, I experienced more freedom than I had ever known. It was yet another of those inexplicable ironies in the kingdom of God. Yes, there were stretches of boredom, frustration, tears, and sadness of heart. But it was also a rich and deeply spiritual time which I wouldn’t trade for anything.

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