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Weekly Devotion: Wisdom from the Bottom of the Well
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Have you ever fallen into a well? When you look left and right all you see is dark wet rock, when you look down all you see is deep cold water. What do you imagine that would feel like? The fear would quickly be overwhelming and when those emotions take over it would turn to despair.

The Apostle Paul was on the brink of despair. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, ď8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair, 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;Ē When you are splashing around at the bottom of the well despair is almost inevitable, it sure feels like youíve been forsaken and without help. So what are we to do?

On October 11th, just a week after my 40th birthday, my whole life changed. Iíve spent days in the hospital and at doctorsí appointments with a ďrare diseaseĒ diagnosis. Honestly many days I feel like Iím at the bottom of a well. I havenít figured out all the answers, but Iíve discovered a couple of things. First, I realized that otherís suffering is more important than my own. We are all suffering in some way or another. Why do we choose to allow guilt and shame to force us to suffer alone? Because the devil hates that we are better together. Sharing our burdens lightens the load and helps combat those negative emotions. Second, there is no well deep enough to prevent the love of Jesus from reaching the bottom. Although I have had moments of deep despair I have also had moments of unbelievable peace that I know could only come from heaven.

If you feel like you are at the bottom of the well I challenge you to look heavenward. You are not alone. There are other people suffering right now too and there is an amazing, loving and all-powerful God who is waiting and listening for you to cry out to Him. He has a ladder that fits your well perfectly!

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