Could suffering be a bit like tessering, the imaginary mode of time travel created by Madeleine L’Engle in A Wrinkle in Time?
…Mrs. Who took a portion of her white robe in her hands and held it tight. “You see ,” Mrs. Whatsit said, “if a very small insect were to move from the section of skirt in Mrs. Who’s right hand to that in her left, it would be quite a long walk for him if he had to walk straight across.”
Swiftly Mrs. Who brought her hands, still holding the skirt, together. “Now, you see,” Mrs. Whatsit said, “he would be there, without that long trip. That is how we travel.”
–Madeline L’Engle in A Wrinkle in Time, 1962
When I first received my cancer diagnosis, one of my dear friends who had been through a similar experience years before said, “I almost envy you and the closeness to Jesus that you will experience.” I could hardly grasp what she was saying.
Now I think I’m almost starting to understand what she meant.
Romans 5:3-5 “…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
I’m thankful for my God who is close to the broken hearted, who is merciful, and who suffers with us.
Have a great day!