My life is a puzzle and paradox. Yours too probably. Some moments I can be so high. Other moments I can be so low and discouraged. Sometimes I am both at the same time. Paul seems to understand. “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed” he says in 2 Corinthians 4:8. “Pressed on every side” is the best translation. Surrounded! Trapped in our stress! Even so, he continues, we are not crushed–“not pushed into a corner with no way out” is the literal translation. In our worst moments, we still have opportunities for honoring the Lord. We are never without options! NOTHING can crush His unconquerable LIFE out of our hearts. (Think of the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7) Why would God make us so powerful and yet so vulnerable? Is there a purpose served by making us strong and weak at same time? Paul says yes! I hope you are reading and thinking as he addresses this mystery of life. Know of my prayers for you as you do.