Drowning in Pain

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 16, 2017
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Drowning in PainAfter I returned from a recent speaking engagement in Kentucky, the following days were extremely painful. I felt as though every joint and nerve in my body was deluged with pain. I was barely able to keep my nose above water. I was ultra-focused on my discomforts until my get-up girl showed me this image. It’s the perfect picture of Isaiah 43:2, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.”

That powerful painting (notice Jesus is walking on the water), along with that verse in Isaiah, gave me the encouragement I needed to keep reaching out to Jesus in my pain. When He became my focus, I found the abiding comfort only He can offer. Friend, maybe you need a reminder as I did…you are not alone. Whatever your affliction, Jesus is reaching out to you and He will pull you up and out of deep water.

Photo: Hand of God; Artist: Yongsung Kim


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Thank you for this Joni. So appreciated it.
  • May 25, 2018
  • 3:02 p.m.
  • Susi
Hi Joni! You are an inspiration! I would love to have a copy of this painting. How do I go about that please?
  • March 18, 2018
  • 8:38 a.m.
  • Rebecca L Miller
Liebe Joni, du bist mein Vorbild und meine Ermutigung. Ich bin 56 Jahre alt,gesund,glücklich verheiratet,habe zwei erwachsene Kinder und leite seit 28 Jahren gemeinsam mit meinem Mann eine kleine Drogenrehabilitationseinrichtung. Wir hatten ursprünglich drei Kinder. Vor 12 Jahren starb unser ältester Sohn Manuel mit 18 Jahren an Leukämie. Er ist jetzt zuhause bei Jesus im Himmel. Das ist mein Trost,aber er fehit uns trotzdem hier in unsetem irdischen Zuhause. Danke,dass du Jesus immer wieder so groß machst. Das tröstet mich und macht mir Mut. Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland,aus Enzklösterle im Schwarzwald, Gott segne dich, Gaby Isenburg
  • March 24, 2017
  • 9:52 a.m.
  • Gabriele Isenburg
Remember Isaiah 40:27-31 Dear Joni He will always be there for you in these difficult times right now!! God bless you Rita Edelenbos
  • March 20, 2017
  • 3:42 a.m.
  • rita Edelenbos
Thank you so much for sharing this, Joni. At the moment I am struggling with a lot of anxiety related pain and constant dizziness due to the tension and hardly know how to make it through each day at the moment because I sometimes get so dizzy I fear I will pass out. I'm praying for you and thank you so much for this encouragement.
  • March 19, 2017
  • 12:14 p.m.
  • C. R.
Hi Joni, Thank you for this reminder and the beautiful painting shown here. Sometimes I too forget to reach, and I think that we could all use a reminder at times! God Bless You for your strength and your beauty, Joni. You are always an inspiration to me. Nicole
  • March 18, 2017
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Nicole Allen
Joni, I have RA and after years of trying different medications I still experience severe pain some days and moderate pain every day and night. I love this painting! Whenever I reach out to Jesus He is my strength. Sometimes I forget to reach. Thank you for this beautiful reminder! Bless You! Jan
  • March 16, 2017
  • 8:01 a.m.
  • Janet Moeller