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A woman spoke at a church I went to several years ago. Her words still penetrate my heart to this day, and I carry her message with her to many who suffer and have been wounded in any way. This life is hard. There are tragedies and trauma that collide in our world for no reason and the road we once knew, is forever altered. Our existence is completely turned upside down and often, we find ourselves living in despair wondering how and why. Have you ever met a person who has suffered greatly through a tragic event and not only survives it, but shares an amazing grace and strength through it all? I have. And it baffles me and blows me away when I am deeply touched by such a soul.
This woman who spoke was in a car accident. Driving her mini-van with her best friend and kids down a busy road. I recall her interaction with her friend that she shared: “My friend looked down the road and asked, is that car on the wrong side? And before I could answer, the car had smashed head on, right into our van.”
One moment you’re driving your kids in the car with your best friend, having a wonderful outing. The next minute, you are facing multiple painful surgeries and a life in a wheelchair.
Her life was immediately torn into shreds of pain and suffering. A mom of little children she needed to raise. A faithful woman with a wonderful thriving and active life to pursue. An innocent person not knowing what was around the bend.
I don’t even remember this woman’s name. I only remember her message. I’m quite sure she would be okay with that, because I believe her strength and passion emulate a faith I cannot imagine. But that’s where her message is clear. So it really wasn’t about her… it was about any of us.
She said the worst thing she hears throughout her years of suffering and victory over this life altering tragedy, continues to be the same echo over and over again from every one she encounters. It is this:
“I would NEVER be able to endure what you have been through. I just couldn’t survive it.”
She said that their sentiments would never apply to her condition. And here lies her message in my own words:
No one is ever EVER prepared for tragic events that shatter your life to pieces. Each soul will not have the strength, the power, or the ability to endure until the turn it taken. It is THEN, that He will provide for your needs and fill you with the strength to survive. It is THEN, that He will equip you with the necessary means of survival. It is THEN, that your God will carry you, pull you, push you, embrace you, lift you, comfort you, guide you, replenish you, restore you, and bless you…
With the passion, the power and the purpose to go on.
Hold on to that promise, my friend. And carry it with you around the bend.