"Who is this God? Who are You? Does He say, "Into each life a little rain must fall,"...and then aim a hose at earth's general direction to see who gets the wettest?"
Joni Eareckson Tada has been one of my mentors of the faith for years, through her prolific writings and years of excellent broadcasts. Humbly, she continues to lift up Christ, always searching deeper to understand His will and ways. God has redeemed her suffering, as countless hurting people have been compassionately pointed to the Savior.
In a recent broadcast at Dallas Theological Seminary, Joni spoke on "The Theology of Suffering." She was the perfect one to address this topic, having spent the last 40 years in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic, and currently living with severe, chronic pain. During her brief message, she stopped to pray for God's strength, as breathing is difficult for her these days.
This message is gripping, as Joni addresses what she calls "gut wrenching" questions, which "get down and get dirty," such as the ones in the opening paragraph, and the one following:
"...think of the times when suffering has ripped into your sanity leaving you numb and bleeding, and you too ask, "God, can this be Your will?" "
Finding this podcast on i-Tunes has been a huge blessing. Download it there for free, or go to the Dallas Seminary Chapel website to listen.
Hm-mm...a Theology...of Suffering? Yes indeed. A much needed course of instruction for our personal lives and within our churches.