To stand upon the rocks of affliction is the result of gracious upholding, but that aid is quite as much needed in the luxurious plains of prosperity. — Charles Spurgeon
In my previous state of health, I was blissfully ignorant of my need to be upheld. Life seemed easy, and I was certain this was because I was strong, competent, and independent. I had plans, dreams, and purpose in life, and was certain to accomplish them all. But God, in his hard Providence, showed me the error of my thinking and the arrogance of my imagined autonomy. I have always needed God to uphold me, and it has taken the precarious nature of my health for me to truly understand this on a daily, hourly, minute-to-minute basis.