From his memoir, Telling Secrets, the late Frederick Buechner wrote, “To be at peace is to have peace inside yourself more or less in spite of what is going on outside yourself.”

“You can never give another person that which you have found, but you can make him homesick for what you have.”

“Some Christians treat God as a kind of insurance agent. In hard times, they expect Him to issue a claim check to restore what they’ve lost. While waiting for Him to change their circumstances for the better, they withhold fellowship from him.” (Joni Eareckson Tada)

The Holy Spirit will not room with bitterness, lust, and unforgiveness, to name a few. Our junk stands in complete opposition to the holiness of the living God. Hence, the miserable feeling we experience when we try to play it both ways.

Who plans for disasters? But we can choose how we respond. The late Frederick Buechner wrote, “Like the princess in the fairy tale, we take the straw we are given and thatch the roof with it to keep the weather out, but we do not do what we might do, which is to spin it into gold.” (Secrets in the Dark)