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... I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." ... [2 Cor 12:7-9, NIV]I made the association because, when I'm in a valley, God seems far away. Grace can seem out of reach. I can stand on tiptoe, stretch as far as I can, even jump--and still not be able to grasp the ribbon.
But God, in His grace, has sent help: sisters and brothers in Christ. They show God's love through their words, their hugs, their smiles. They remind me, when I'm stuck in a rut, that praise music helps me keep my focus on the Lord. They point me back to the promises of God.
They pull down the ribbon so I can reach the balloon.
What helps you when God seems far away?