How God Helps Us Persevere in the Stony Paths of Illness

stonypathsFeel like you’ve been in a marathon of challenges–one long stony path? Kerryn shares the significant of stones in scripture.

“‘I tell you,’ He replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out'” (Luke 19:40).

Life can take us on some mighty stony paths. At times it can feel like I’m hobbling along with bare feet.

Corrie Ten Boom once said, “If God sends us on stony paths, He provides strong shoes.”

This saying had me focusing only on the first part (about the stony paths) and I started becoming almost angry with God. Yet there are two parts to this quote.

Focus on the first part and the quotation is depressing and frustrating–with no hope–and seemingly cruel.

However, focus on the second part (about the strong shoes) and there is a solution. There is help to look differently at my circumstances with God’s provision.

As I focused more on God’s provision of “strong shoes” and what that means to me, I also reflected upon stones.

There are two bowls of stones displayed in my lounge room. One has dark, rounded, river stones. The other has pretty, shiny, glass stones. I also have the same types of stones with a variety of words printed on them like Hope, Strength, Breathe and Faith.

We talk about “stony paths” being difficult. Yet as I reflect upon Bible verses about stones, there are many that speak of stones being an important part of building people’s lives and of faith.

  • Early in the Old Testament stones were used to build altars to commemorate a divine occurrence and a place to worship God and remember His promises.
  • David only needed one of the five smooth stones to kill Goliath.
  • As Jesus approached Jerusalem the Pharisees tried to silence people who were joyfully praising God. Jesus’ response was to tell them “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Once again, God is reminding me that what I focus on makes a difference to how I live my life.

Prayer: Lord, help me to focus on the “strong shoes” that You have provided for my life journey to soften the stony paths. Thank You for our firm foundation of faith and “Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.”* Amen.

About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.

* Reference: Ephesians 2:20-22

What are the “strong shoes” that God has provided for your journey along stony paths? What are your reflections about stones that encourage you? How is God helping you to keep your focus upon Him?

This is Blanca, a new Christian artist, singing “Not Backing Down.” Just because the stony paths are uncomfortable, we can’t back down. We can’t stop running the race God has put before us because everything else is just meaningless. It is okay for us to rest, to take a sabbatical from the fight sometimes, but choose to do it. Don’t let it choose you. -Lisa

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