"I have known afflictions
far worse than my paralysis.
"I have had seasons of perplexity
about God’s providence
that have been so deep
that night after night
sleep has ﬂed from me.
"Yet these griefs have been God’s gifts.
"For only by such severe suffering
has my loving Father broken me free
of some of my deeper idolatries.
"In the nights’ watches,
while others sleep,
my wakeful heart
must ﬁnd its rest in him
or it will ﬁnd no rest at all."
Mark Talbot in his chapter, “All the Good That Is Ours in Christ”: Seeing God’s Gracious Hand in the Hurts Others Do to Us,” from Suffering and the Sovereignty of God edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor, pp. 75-76.
line breaks reformatted by me, copied from John Knight at Works of God