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How to be Truly Happy

October 7, 2011

If God had told me some time ago that He was about to make me as happy as I could be in this world, and then had told me that He should begin by crippling me in arm or limb, and removing me from all my usual sources of enjoyment, I should have thought it a very strange mode of accomplishing His purpose. And yet, how is His wisdom manifest even in this! For if you should see a man shut up in a closed room, idolizing a set of lamps and rejoicing in their light, and you wished to make him truly happy, you would begin by blowing out all his lamps: and then throw open the shutters to let in the light of heaven.

– Samuel Rutherford, quoted by Joni Earackson Tada in “Suffering Hurries the Heart Toward Heaven”, chapter 17 in O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, edited by Nancy Guthrie, p. 121

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