Joni Eareckson Tada is such a gift to the church! She wrote her book, A Place of Healing, in the midst of terrible chronic pain – there is nothing light or breezy about this book.
And there are great encouragements to be found. Like this one, in which she lays out the miracle God provided when he refused to heal or take away her chronic pain:
A ‘no’ answer has purged sin from my life, strengthened my commitment to Him, forced me to depend on grace, bound me with other believers, produced discernment, fostered sensitivity, disciplined my mind, taught me to spend my time wisely … and widened my world beyond what I would have ever dreamed had I never had that accident in 1967.
My affliction has stretched my hope, made me know Christ better, helped me long for truth, led me to repentance of sin, goaded me to give thanks in times of sorrow, increased my faith, and strengthened my character. Being in this wheelchair has meant knowing Him better, feeling His pleasure every day.
If that doesn’t qualify as a miracle in your book, then-may I say it in all kindness?-I prefer my book to yours.
Joni Eareckson Tada, A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty, p. 55-56.