In the introduction to the book, In the Arena, Isobel Kuhn explains the title:
“…I talked in my heart to Him who has always been my refuge. ‘Lord, why do I have to be put in such situations as this?’ And immediately the words came: For I think that God hath set forth us…last…for we are made a spectacle unto the world (I Cor. 4:9).
A spectacle—that was just how I had felt…So it was, indirectly, for Christ’s sake, and the thought comforted me.” ~pg. 7
“I had cried unto Him and that verse had flashed back to me like an answer. ‘A spectacle—for Him.’ Was I willing?” ~pg. 8
“The purpose of the Arena experience is not for our punishment; it is that God might be revealed.”
Hudson Taylor said, “Difficulties afford a platform upon which He can show Himself. Without them we could never know how tender, faithful, and almighty our God is.” ~pg. 9
A verse Isobel Kuhn keeps discussing throughout the book is Phil. 3:10,
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
Life has been challenging lately. There certainly are times when I feel like a spectacle, but these words bring me comfort.