A long, dark tunnel of work stretched out with no end in view. A tunnel with a rough floor, twists and turns in the dark, protruding rocks for walls, can be a dismal place indeed—and the decision to keep on seems impossible at times, although to turn back is a waste and may turn out to be disastrous.
My husband Fran stood over his two tables, placed together to make a large working space. Spread out before him were sheets, manuscript copies of his original, that had on their wide margins handwritten additions and suggestions made by a number of researchers. Instead of reading down one page, he had to deal with several manuscript pages for each page—ideas had to be considered as the handwriting was deciphered, and decisions made. Would the work ever come to an end? Was it right to start it in the first place? What did he have to put aside to do this? Had he correctly understood the Lord’s leading? Should he continue in this tunnel of work, writing a book and narrating a documentary film on the rise and decline of Western thought and culture so that people could have a Christian alternative to the humanistic documentaries put out on history, philosophy, science, art, music, law, government, and theology? (He tells about this project in the interview elsewhere in this issue.) Or was it all too much? The prayer was. “Show us, Lord; make it clear to us.”
Before breakfast one morning, with the table full of work waiting silently, Fran was reading his Bible and I was reading mine. Suddenly he said, “Listen, Edith, I’ve just come to Ezekiel 33,” and he read the chapter to me. “It seems clear that the Lord is speaking to me. There is no turning back.”
We discussed it. We have read this chapter frequently since then. Each time I read ...1
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