It was raining the day her book arrived — fitting for the story of a woman who’s learned to dance in the rain. Vaneetha’s story is of grace that sustains not after one hard, but a second and third. As I learned Vaneetha’s story, I learned part had been captured in the song Held, a song so special to us in our own hard. What a joy to have Vaneetha Rendall Risner share deep truths when we walk through the fire.
Watching Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as they were thrown into the fiery furnace must have been astonishing.
Their bodies were engulfed in flames yet they were unharmed. When they emerged, not a hair on their heads was singed and they didn’t even smell of smoke. Witnesses observed that “the fire had not any power over the bodies of those men.” (Daniel 3:27)
These men were miraculously delivered by God as they trusted him. Yet their faith did not rest on their deliverance. They confidently went into the furnace, not knowing whether God would spare their lives.
And in the furnace, they discovered that God does not always rescue us from trials but rather rescues us in them.