Your God Will Rescue You

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 26, 2012
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joni reading scripture from a wall at the international disability centerIt's so good to be back at the International Disability Center after our trip to Indianapolis last week. And as I wheeled up the ramp to my office, I paused to read the last Bible verse on the landing. Isaiah 35:5-6 is stamped on that wall – as people in wheelchairs make the long climb up the ramp, they can be inspired by the reminder that, one day, "the eyes of the blind will be open, the tongues of those who cannot speak will shout for joy, and the lame shall leap like deer!" It's why I often don't take the elevator to the second floor, but choose the ramp; I don't want to miss that heartwarming reminder from Isaiah 35 – it's God's vision of a hopeful future, meant to inspire the exiles who were being dragged off to Babylon. God never sends his people into times of suffering without reminding them, "it won't always be this way; take courage and have heart. I will come for you, I will rescue you!" What great words to be reminded of every day when I come to work – and I hope it inspires and refreshes you today, too!


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Jonnie you are a very blessed person:) your story is very inspiring to me even though I just heard about it last week. I plan on being you for my school project were I have to pick a hero at manheim central middle school. Thank you for being such a great Christian I think you are so awesome:) p.s. my name is Mandy (Amanda) I'm 11 years old and in 6 grade.
  • Sept. 28, 2012
  • 5:37 p.m.
  • Mandy Burrichter
I love God and one day I will be free to get out of my w.c. and dance with my husband George. My friend Barbara will get out of her w.c. and dance with Ed and we will praise God together. In that day we will meet our God and be back home. Posting for Milly because it wouldn't post for her, Barbara.
  • Sept. 28, 2012
  • 12:41 p.m.
  • Barbara Banta
Thank you for the title of this post; it totally caught my attention when I read it yesterday, and I logged back into JAF this morning to read it again. You see, I am struggling fiercely in my life right now, trying to hang on to God's promises and His strength. But, I must admit, at times I waver in my faith thinking He has forgotten me. Today, I look to His rescue and the future He has planned for me. Thank you for these encouraging words of hope.
  • Sept. 27, 2012
  • 7:16 a.m.
  • Linda
My One Year Tare off daily Scripture calendar had the same sediments for the 27th **Double the reminder :) “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”~ Hebrews 9:28
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 11:38 p.m.
  • Leslie.n
When God speaks, He will do it, because it is Himself. That's why we can trust Him! it makes us secured as God is!
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 7:37 p.m.
  • susan
Lord, I thank you for Joni & friends... she always has encouraging words to uplift our spirits when we are going through trying times & reminds us of your promises & that these afflictions are only temporary & make us stronger in spirit. I have vasculitis of the brain & who knows where else in my body but things are not working so good but praise God that He finds me worthy to even be tried in the fire! Your testimony in my life is like gold and so reflects the spirit of the Lord!
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 6:40 p.m.
  • Robin Rogers
Denise, so sorry to hear about your husband and especially your son with scoliosis. I am74 and have had pain with it for the last 13 years. Surgery is not a possibility because of age and osteoporosis. I take narcotic pain medication which does give some relief. My husband wishes I wouldn't have to but I have tried so many other things.Somehow I get along with help from my husband and downsizing to a smaller living situation. God Bless You.
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 6:32 p.m.
  • Carolyn Peters
Dana, I do not have cerebral palsy but have much back pain due to scoliosis which makes walking very painful. Like you, I'd rather have a life than deal with more pain and less energy. So I don't use a wheel chair yet but I use a walker when I need to.I feel the same way about pain medication and use it because it makes like a little more bearable. God Bless.
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 6:26 p.m.
  • Carolyn Peters
Joni I am glad God rescues us. I am so glad God fights on our behalf when others have wronged us. Our daddy holds us close as hot tears of hurt role down our faces. As others may not understand our Hidden disabilities our Daddy knows us and KNOWS our Hearts and Knows who we are. Oh Joni I am so glad God rescues me from the pit of despair. I am so glad my Daddy holds me close when no one else is there. And Joni I needed to hear your sermon on Sat so badly. So thank you for being obedient. I heard it Joni and it is a DAILY battle to give it to God and to Forgive those who have wronged me. I love Joni and I will always love you and how you continue to share with grace and dignity the truth with others. Thank you for that. You accept all even when they are unacceptable to others. You still accept. thanks friend. Love you in Christ. Allison King.
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 2:24 p.m.
  • Allison King
Thank you, Joni for this! I CHOSE to use a wheelchair 27 years ago, and people think I've been in an accident, but when they learn I was born with Cerebral Palsy and chose the wheelchair, instead of walking, they ask WHY (because in their eyes, I'm giving up). I calmly explain that the pain and energy usage is too much, and I'd rather have a life, than walk. My parents accepted it (after a short adjustment period), after spending thousands on getting me walking when I was younger. I have come across people that say I did something to offend God, otherwise, I'd be walking, and not in a wheelchair. No, I chose the wheelchair. If God wanted me non-disabled, HE would cure me. But, there's a reason I'm not - I just don't know what it is. Maybe I need to be here, teaching people to train their own service dogs.. I don't know, and I don't care. I am here, helping other disabled people and trying to glorify God while I do it.
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 2:10 p.m.
  • Dana Marshall
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