I start every morning by sitting down and reading blog posts from other bloggy friends and some of my real-life friends who blog and nearly every morning I read something that brings a tear to my eye, something else that puts things in perspective for me, and something else that inspires me. This morning was no different as I cried about a sweet friend who is expecting her first baby and will find out whether it's a boy or a girl this morning. I got teary-eyed watching a video of a guy my age recovering from a horrific car accident that my dear friend shared on her blog this morning. Then I read the quote below:
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger in the broken places." -Ernest HemingwayI couldn't help but take a second and reflect on my own life and what I consider to be my defining moments that altered my life's direction. How often do those moments spring from heartbreak, sorrow, or struggle? What seems, at the moment, to be an impossible situation devoid of God's love and direction ALWAYS leads me to a place where I see His hand at work. I feel blessed to only have few instances where I feel like the world has broken me and I know not everyone in my life has been as lucky. I don't know how it feels to lose a parent when you don't yet know how to be a parent yourself, experience devastating injury or illness that leaves your body broken, survive the loss of a child, or lose a spouse whether it be to death or divorce. My heart breaks for those so close to me who have dealt with this pain. Often as I talk to my mom I wonder if she realizes the strong example she has set for my sister and I. She has experienced every one of these things and some more than once and yet her faith never falters and through each heartbreak she seems to strengthen when many would have let the world break them. As my sister and I grow older and inevitably face our own moments where the world tries to break us I pray we are able to remember her example and that we will come out stronger than before.