A Physical Toll on Our Faith by Jennifer Waddle

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A Physical Toll on Our Faith
Series: I Just Can’t Win
Jennifer Waddle
Acts 17:26-28


“In the Christian faith, God really puts suffering front and center. He doesn’t get squeamish about it.” - Joni Eareckson Tada 

I’ve often thought about how wonderful it would be, if after receiving Christ, believers would be exempt from all sickness and pain. With a clean heart and perfect health, imagine what we could achieve for the Lord! 

Even though the longing to be pain-free is a basic, human desire, we know that since the fall of man, sickness and death has left its relentless mark throughout the centuries. 

I suppose if Christians were automatically freed from all physical trial, most of us would turn to self-reliance, forgetting that it is only by the grace of God that we live and have our being. (Acts 17:26-28) 

Recently, I was reading some of Joni Eareckson Tada’s testimony. She was the girl who at age seventeen was an active horseback rider, lacrosse player and swimmer. But one fateful day, she dove head-first into a shallow lake and broke her neck, instantly becoming a quadriplegic. 

As I reread her story, I began to think of the impact her accident must have had on her parents. What was it like to bring their seventeen year old home from the hospital, bound in a wheelchair and unable to move? It didn’t take much searching to find the answers on Joni’s blog. Take a look. 

When I came home from the hospital, my mother, Lindy Eareckson, did her best to make things as accessible as possible around the house. But still, I knew it broke her heart when my sisters would bind up the steps to their bedrooms, and my makeshift bedroom was set up in the corner of our living room. Little things like that were hard on my mother. 

In those early days, she would often shake her head and I’d hear her say, “I just don’t understand; I don’t get why God allowed this to happen.” It’s not that my mother became resentful against God, no, not at all; it’s just she couldn’t see the good behind it all. As I slowly grew in the Lord, I told her that my wheelchair was drawing our family closer together, and changing me and making me more like Christ. But those benefits, from her perspective, just didn’t outweigh the pain of watching her child go through life without the use of her legs or hands. (read more here) 

I don’t know about you, but what resonates most with me are the statements, “I just don’t understand. I don’t get why God allowed this to happen.” 

In this Bible Study Series, “I Just Can’t Win,” I am determined to tackle the issues that leave us feeling defeated in life—including the physical limitations that some of us are going through. Because let&rsq ...


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