Rude Interruptions

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 26, 2017
  • 6 Comments
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Rude Interruptions

The other night I was awakened by searing pain in my hip… again. Having already awakened Ken three times, and not wanting to disturb him again, I lay in bed, frustrated and on the verge of discouragement. I desperately needed sleep – there was so much on my ‘to do’ list for the next day. I kept thinking, if only this pain would subside, then everything would be fine. I could get on with life. But in the dark, the Holy Spirit brought to mind 1 Peter 1:6-7, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.”

That scripture held a lesson for me: if I view my hardship only as a rude interruption, I leave God totally out of the picture. Then the pain gets all the attention, not the Lord. God thinks that the strengthening of my faith is more important than my comfort – and a stronger faith will result if I’d simply agree with Him! Friend, since we are “destined for trials,” then join me in not wasting our pain, but responding with trust and confidence in our God. Because faith that’s refined is worth it! 

 
 

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I live with daily undiagnosed pain every single day. I have strong squeezing pain around my ribs, and pain in my forehead on the right side. Have had all sorts of tests and nothing gives answers. I thought I had remembered that Joni went through a time of pain or maybe she still does. Just wondered if she knows what her pain is from. I take no pain killers, they have too many side effects. My life is so hard anymore. I lean on the Lord all the time. Feel like I am in a room with no windows nor doors to find a way out of this. I'm just plain sick with pain.
  • Oct. 9, 2017
  • 1:44 p.m.
  • Faith
You are such an inspiration Joni . The Lord truly uses you in ministering to others how gracious our Father is . When we are weak and in pain or in our hour of need . He is only a prayer away . And never fails us . God bless xx
  • Sept. 29, 2017
  • 12:09 p.m.
  • Eve
Thank you, Joni, for your timely words of encouragement your ministry is such a blessing to me. May the good Lord bless and keep you.
  • Sept. 28, 2017
  • 9:58 p.m.
  • Meg Cardoza
It is so true Joni! I have very often lung pipe infections and sinuitis because of congenital toxoplasmosis. Often having to cancel appointments and eat lot´s of antibiotics. When I am concentrating at the presence of God and his mercy and all gifts, it´s much more easy and it´s possible to find joy in sufferings. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! God bless you and all Friends and have a joyful and sunny autumn!=))
  • Sept. 28, 2017
  • 2:55 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
After having had cervical spinal surgery 15 months ago, and autoimmune neuropathy somewhat under control,I am finally back to my career- band and choir directing. Then, just recently, I developed severe pain in my hands. Yesterday a nerve conduction study revealed that another disc problem in my cervical spine is causing my pain. I was/am devastated. Thank you for this perfectly timed reminder that GOD uses pain in His plan to strengthen my and others' faith as they watch my response in this difficulty.
  • Sept. 27, 2017
  • 7:03 p.m.
  • Heather
So what happened with your pain?
  • Sept. 27, 2017
  • 1:53 p.m.
  • Meg Trump