CQ Synapse May 2013

Where do any of us go when a cherished dream fades, when we fail a class, when joy is ambushed by sorrow, when a marathon race hurdles headlong into unspeakable chaos?

The Big Green Chair

By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti, CQ Editor

When you were a child, did you have a favorite place to hide out in if you were sad or upset about something?

My favorite place for such times was a big green chair in the living room of our house. I would sit with my mother in that chair while she read to me, when I was sick, or when my best friend slighted me in some way or another. So it only made sense that I retreated to this overstuffed piece of furniture when my world wasn’t right in other ways.

One day, however, my “hide-out” vanished. Apparently it had grown old and unfashionable. So it had been replaced by something more modern, less comfortable, and far less comforting.

I cried. I stomped my feet. I wanted “my” big green chair to return. But it never did.

Little did I realize in the midst of my tantrum that years later I would need comforting from situations far more serious than childhood illnesses and slights, and that my mother wouldn’t be there to comfort me. “What do I do now?” I wondered when the first of such serious circumstances presented itself?

Indeed, where do any of us go when a cherished dream fades, when we fail a class, when joy is ambushed by sorrow, when a marathon race hurdles headlong into unspeakable chaos?

The answer to this question makes all the difference, for it is God who does the answering. And His answer is this: “ ‘I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. . . . Come to Me . . . and I will give you rest.’ ”1

So always remember “that Jesus loves you. He understands your weakness. You may do His will by simply resting in His arms.”2
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1. 2 Kings 20:5 (NKJV); Matthew 11:28 (NKJV).
2. Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 251.