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No Pit so Deep
There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper yet.
Corrie Ten Boom
Whether grief comes as the consequence of physical death, or through the difficult circumstances that come our way, all loss spreads emotional ripples far and wide. “Untimely” deaths, especially those of young people, affect everyone concerned, from siblings to grandparents, and often leave bystanders afraid in case something similar happens to them. The fact that neither they nor anybody else was able to prevent the calamity from happening may leave them feeling acutely vulnerable.
If you are currently feeling that this latest shock is one too many to bear, never underestimate the Lord’s ability to help you adapt. Most of you will be familiar with the story of how Joni Eareckson was paralysed for life as the result of a diving accident. The way God enabled her to rise above this most daunting of physical conditions, and the intense depression she went through in the aftermath, is a truly amazing testimony to God’s grace and faithfulness.
I often think of Amy Carmichael, who compassionately and sacrificially nurtured young girls who would otherwise have been doomed to the most miserable life of abuse and exploitation. During the fifty years she served in India, she rescued more than a thousand such children. In the autumn of 1931, at a time when she was greatly exercised by a severe financial challenge, she prayed, “Do anything, Lord, that will fit me to serve Thee and help my beloveds.”
Later that same day she fell into a newly dug pit and crushed her spine – an accident that left her bedridden and in pain for two long decades – the rest of her life in other words Instead of bemoaning her lot, and bewailing the frustration of not being able to do all she had been doing, Amy put this enclosed time to good use, penning pearls of immense wisdom that have blessed and nurtured believers far and wide.
Through her many books, Amy touched far more people than she could ever have reached by any other means. Many who read them were inspired to set out for the mission field themselves – and the money that came in from their sales made all the difference to the fellowship at Dohnavur. Truly, God is not thwarted by our limitations.
In Sparkling Gems from the Greek,16 a truly inspiring resource tool, Rick Renner asks why it is that Jesus healed some people outright, whereas others, such as the two blind beggars, had to cry out long and loud for Him to turn towards them.17 He comes to the conclusion that although Jesus may not have been aware of any particular anointing being present for healing at the time, it was their faith and persistence which attracted His attention.
When we are in extreme shock, may we do as Amy Carmichael did, and cry out with all that is within us for the Lord to move by the power of His Spirit. Yes, even to do still more than if this thing had never happened!
Reflect and Pray
Lord, now it appears that the possibility
of fulfilling my dreams has been taken away,
use even these changed circumstances
for Your glory.
God of the impossible,
reweave my dreams,
yet still fulfil all that You can own,
and that You have called me to.
I call myself an artist,
and yet I have lost the use of my hands;
let me, like Joni, paint with my toes –
or learn to coach and encourage others.
I cannot broadcast to the nation,
but let my voice resound though Your megaphone.
Above all, keep the shadows of disillusionment
away from my heart,
So that I can express more of Yours.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
16 Available from Amazon.co.uk
17 Matthew 9:27-30