In The Arena with Isobel
In addition to the Bible, what is your favorite read? Something that you find yourself reading again and again because it so resonates with your soul?
I was having coffee with a sister in Christ this morning, sharing life's ups and downs and how our Abba is so good! One of the ways He encourages us is through books that meet us where we are and walk us closer to knowing Him.
Every September for the last 15 years I find myself enjoying the words of a dear friend - although I never met her this side of heaven - whose writing continues to draw me closer to Abba. Isobel Kuhn grew up in Canada, attended Moody Bible Institute where she met her husband, John Kuhn. Together they served the Lord in China and raised their family there in the 1930's and 40's.
In her book, In the Arena, Isobel honestly describes the struggles of trusting God to
- heal her crushed heart
- increase her patience and resolve to wait on His timing instead of reacting to pressing circumstances
- persevere on the path God has shown her to follow, regardless of contrary opinions
- embrace a time of true rest, refuse stress, and enjoy His goodness moment-by-moment
Isobel Kuhn would be the first to tell you that she is just an ordinary person. I think that is what makes this book such a treasure for me; being reminded of the value of trusting God in all areas of my life. And that He is personally involved in our lives, because we are His own. Knowing, remembering, and choosing to believe Truth enables me to press on.
Who inspires your walk with the LORD?