These words from the great John Updike are reminiscent of something C.S. Lewis is often quoted for saying: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
May these words “rouse” you to faith, hope, trust, and confidence.
I have just brought back a good message from the land of 200 (degrees):
I had severely doubted it before: but the bedposts spoke of it with utmost confidence,
the threads in my blanket took it for granted,
the tree outside the window dismissed all complaints,
and I have not slept so justly for years.
It is hard now to convey how emblematically appearances sat
upon the membranes of my consciousness;
but it is a truth long known
that some secrets are hidden from health.