Mar 10, 2010

Choosing Gratitude


As a mother, it is my prayer that this little person with such fragile, petite hands and feet would learn what it means to say "It is well with my soul" in all that the Lord fills her life with in the years to come. May it start with us, Carey and I, proclaiming this solid foundation of truth.

I started reading Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss tonight. And in the forward I already found a worth while quote to share with you! I am so thankful for woman like Joni Eareckson Tada who display the sovereign goodness of Christ in everything, and who shout to the world the joy found in Christ through suffering.

"And so I've been giving thanks for most of my paralyzed life. Not only giving thanks "in everything," as one part of the Bible tells us, but "always giving thanks to God the Father for everything" as another part commands (1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:19-20). Most of us are able to thank God for His grace, comfort, and sustaining power in trial, but we don't thank Him for the problem, just finding Him in it. But many decades in a wheelchair have taught me to not segregate my Savior from the suffering He allows, as though a broken neck-or in your case, a broken ankle, heart, home--merely "happens" and then God shows up after the fact to wrestle something good out of it. No, the God of the Bible is bigger than that.
Much bigger.
And so is the capacity of your soul. Maybe this wheelchair felt like a horrible tragedy in the beginning, but I give God thanks in my wheelchair...I'm grateful for my quadriplegia. It's a bruising of a blessing. A gift wrapped in black. It's the shadowy companion that walks with me daily, pulling and pushing me into the arms of my Savior. And that's where the joy is."
Joni Eareckson Tada,Choosing Gratitude
pg. 12

1 comment:

The Hambeltons said...

Awesome quote! Thanking God for the problem...wow. Thanks for sharing.