Today I begin my final week of radiation therapy. Yea! I've had and am having some issues, but overall, I've done well through the treatment. Still, it will be good to put this season behind me.
During my drive to and from the hospital every week day, I've been listening to Carol Kent's Between a Rock and a Grace Place. It's left me in tears a time or two. Early in the book (and perhaps it is also the epigraph; since I'm listening, I can't say for certain), Carol quotes from Romans 9:33 in The Message. In this verse, Paul is writing about salvation for the Jews and Gentiles. But it applies to so much more.
“Careful! I’ve put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion, a stone you can’t get around. But the stone is me! If you’re looking for me, you’ll find me on the way, not in the way.” (Romans 9:33, The Message)
Throughout this time on earth, trials will enter our lives. It's a given. And when we find ourselves caught between a rock and a hard place, we need to press into the Rock rather than trying to get around Him. We'll find Him on the way, not in the way.
I have found this to be a wonderful encouragement. Hope you will too.
PS After publishing this post, I looked up the verse in my NASB version, my favorite study Bible, and I found that several years ago I'd written in the margin, "See The Message," for verses 9:32-33. Obviously this had spoken to me in the past and I'd forgotten it.