Wednesday, October 7, 2015
31 Days of Grief: Day 7
There's something about going through a really hard thing that makes you want to connect with others who have gone through, or are currently going through, really hard things. I find myself needing to read stories about people who really see life from a new perspective because of some real hardship. I know everyone has hardship - that's life on this earth, right? - but I mean hardship in the way that makes others say, "I don't know how they went through that." That kind.
I accidentally found this book on amazon while searching for halloween costumes for my kids (go figure). Amazon suggested this book based on others I had purchased. It's the hardship story of Laura Story, the woman who sings the song, Blessings. Anyway, I read one paragraph of the book and fell totally in love. I can't wait to read the rest. Here is that first paragraph from the book, When God Doesn't Fix It.
The call that changed my life happened around noon in February 2006. I was in St. Louis attending a conference with two of my coworkers. They sat in the front seat of the rental car with the radio on; I was in the backseat checking my phone messages. As we headed to Panera Bread for lunch, I noticed a voicemail from my husband, Martin, and I called him back. That's when he gave me the news that dramatically changed the course of our lives and the lives of those closest to us.
We're all just one phone call away from learning the results of a test or the news of an affair, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a thousand other ways our hope can be shattered.
In that moment, we think life as we know it is over.
The truth is, life, as we've yet to know it, has just begun.