"That night I looked up the original Hebrew for the word trial in one of my big fancy books (OK, one of Todd's fancy books). I hope that as you read these words, you will know the way he quieted me in that moment.
TRIAL (Old Testament) noun: from the Hebrew word sara which comes from the root srh, which means, "to bind, tie up, restrict." Thus, the noun comes to denote a narrow place in life where one is bound or restricted ...I carried this image with me for days, saturating myself in the truth that I discovered about what it means to be walking where I was. I thought of sweet Audrey, unable to grow, restricted, as bound and helpless as Isaac. As we walked this "narrow place," I was reminded of the power of being still and submitting to the God I trusted more than I ever thought I could. During these days I walked moment by moment with the God of the universe."
Angie Smith, I Will Carry You (pp 46-47)
Angie blogs at Bring the Rain
"Do I hope that if feeling disguises itself as thought I shall feel less? Aren't all these notes the senseless writhings of a man who won't accept the fact that there is nothing to do with suffering except to suffer it? Who still thinks there is some device (if only he could find it) which will make pain not to be pain. It doesn't really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist's chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on."
C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed