By Joni Eareckson Tada
It is not what I misplaced. it truly is what i have chanced on. i used to be merely seventeen, only a lady, while God requested me for every thing I had ... my well-being, 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 remember the fact that 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 let you know approximately. was once it a good trade, my freedom and no wheelchair for the rubies of knowledge i have been given? completely. during this i've got discovered on the toes of the Lord Jesus, embracing the way in which that God heals us, even if we rage at Him in anger, worry, and melancholy. This ebook isn't really approximately what I misplaced in that diving twist of fate goodbye in the past. it really is in regards to the knowledge he is given me to stay lifestyles victoriously within the face of disappointments and demanding situations that all of us face.
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I didn’t want to talk. I didn’t want to eat. Once when Hazel was feeding me dinner, half-chewed food dribbled out of the side of my mouth. ” she shouted. My body reacted with a violent spasm. Hazel slammed down the fork and peas scattered. Picking up a napkin, she forcefully wiped my mouth, crumpled it, and threw it down on the tray. “You get yourself together, girl. ” My cheeks flushed with embarrassment. I fought back tears. ” Hazel had roused deep feelings of resentment. My eyes narrowed. “Yes,” I spat back.
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. No reply. She would smile, slowly blowing a stream of smoke in the other direction. I’d grunt. ” She patted her pocket. ” I was numb. I didn’t want to talk. I didn’t want to eat.
How can you live large in a confined area with strict limitations? The fact is, a high hedge cannot shut out our view of the skies, nor can it prevent the soul from looking up into the face of God. That’s what happened to me in the hospital during that long, long year of confinement. 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.
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