“There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still,” wrote Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place, an account of her concentration camp imprisonment. Years later, Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber would write, “We want to go to God for answers, but sometimes what we get is God’s presence.”
Do you know what it is like to feel God’s absence? It is palpable. No matter what I tried to fill that void with, whether it was anger, fear, or the mundane busyness of life, a dark, empty void persisted, stretching out into a bottomless abyss.
But one night I learned that God was ready and very willing to take that vile package of anger and fear from me. As I ranted and raged to my friend, confidant, and comforter, God emerged from the pit I alone had created.
This message is excerpted from “Wrestling with a giant” by Jane Oppermann in the June 2017 Gather magazine. Today we commemorate Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, 444.
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