By Joni Eareckson Tada
Advent: the cost of rubies -- The anger that heals -- respiring room -- by no means on my own -- adequate grace -- reside if you are ready -- A legacy of prayer -- wish past solutions -- higher through some distance -- Why might He say no? -- in the back of enemy traces -- end: Marching to Zion
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Why shouldn’t I coerce one of my friends to bring me their father’s razors or their mother’s sleeping pills? Why not have the whole human race put a gun to its head, if were just here to exist? 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?
And what an encouragement to countless generations of oppressed believers who have read that account and reached back for a second wind. We are responsible. Maybe we’re not accountable for some of our trials, but we are accountable for all of our responses. If Paul and Silas could sing choruses in a dungeon, you and I can offer praise wherever life places us. This very moment. This isn’t to minimize the suffering, or the suffocating feelings of those who find themselves cornered, confined, and pressed in by anguish, physical limitations, or even the literal walls of a prison.
And draws near to comfort. The fact is, gut-wrenching questions honor God. Despair directed at His throne is a way of encountering Him, opening ourselves up to the one and only Someone who can actually do something about our plight. And whether we collide head-on with Him or simply bump up against Him in the dark, we cannot be the same. We never are when we experience God. Airing Our Complaints Most of the time, of course, we can manage. Like jugglers spinning plates on long sticks. And if we get unfairly reprimanded at work or a ticket for speeding, we squeeze in a heart-to-heart talk with a close friend before rushing to spin the next plate.