We don’t “get over” it

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82D07E67-F5C3-4DE6-9CE7-7854EE51281FAs I was thinking and praying this afternoon about the many different folks spread throughout North America, walking through The Journey process, being invited to seriously, honestly and courageously seek God’s gracious presence in the story of their lives, I was mindful of writer Madeleine L’Engle’s profound insights drawn from the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50). L’Engle writes,


We don’t “get over” the deepest pains of life, nor should we. “Are you over it?” is a question that cannot be asked by someone who has been through “it,” whatever “it” is. It is an anxious question, an asking for reassurance that cannot be given. During an average lifetime there are many pains, many griefs to be borne. We don’t “get over” them; we learn to live with them, to go on growing and deepening, and understanding, as Joseph understood, that God can come into all pain and make something creative out of it.


(Sold into Egypt: Joseph’s Journey into Human Being, Shaw Publishing, 1989)


May you come to personally encounter God’s great capacity to come into your life and make something creative out of your deep frustrations, disappointments, confusions and failures. Spirit of God, be generous to us…

About The Author

Rob Loane

Rob serves as President at VantagePoint3, a ministry seeking to help men and women discover more deeply who God is, who they are, and what God desires to do through them. He is coauthor of a book entitled Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey (InterVarsity, 2012). He lives with his wife Sarah, son Elliott and daughter Rosie in Sioux Falls, SD.
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