Heaven Rules: When Suffering and Sovereignty Collide

Sept. 22, 2022 Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada reminds us that while we may not be delivered from every trial, we can always find our Deliverer in our time of need.

Running Time: 39 minutes


Joni Eareckson Tada: For me, it’s personal. It began back in 1967. I was seventeen and athletic. One summer day I went swimming in the bay with my sister. I swam out to this raft anchored a few yards offshore and took a reckless dive into shallow water. I knew then my life had changed forever.

My doctor said, “Joni, you’re going to be paralyzed for the rest of your life, without the use of your hands, your legs . . .” 

I said, “God, I can’t live like this! I won’t live like this!”

Because I couldn’t hold razors or push pills down my throat, I knew I couldn’t end my life physically, so I was tempted to end my life emotionally, mentally, spiritually. I wanted to just lie in bed, tell my mother to turn off the lights and shut the door.

Finally, in the dark behind that …


About the Speaker

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada is the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an international ministry that promotes Christian ministry in the disability community. Joni hosts the short-feature radio program Joni and Friends and has written over fifty books. She is the recipient of the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement and has been inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Joni and her husband, Ken, make their home in California.