Ruth Graham explains the difference between needing comfort and becoming undone in Chapter 4 of Fear Not Tomorrow. When we feel undone, we experience a loss of control over ourselves and/or our situation. Relief from our circumstances is elusive. Nothing or no one is of any comfort to us. Ruth explains:
“You feel alone and desperate. You can’t see what’s ahead, nor can you reach back for what’s behind you. You are at a complete loss. You’re exhausted physically, emotionally, and spiritually. . . . You have none of your own resources left. The problem has taken over, and you can’t focus on the Lord. He’s out of focus; everything’s out of focus. All you know is the problem. And it’s overwhelming.”
Undone is not the place where God wants us to stay, but Satan certainly wants us to set up camp there. Satan wants us to believe that undone is the new normal. Ruth adds that it’s in such moments of utter despair that we have the opportunity to know the deep comfort of God.
“The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.”- Isaiah 51:3