Monday, September 06, 2010

Seeking Solace

As human beings, when tragedy strikes, we have to find something beautiful in the midst of the chaos. Isn't that what we search for? We come home after a long day at school or work and seek solitude in food or a good movie, right? We want to quiet our mind's restless thoughts as we try to make sense of our lives. Sometimes we can't plan next week's schedule, much less what we will do tomorrow.

It's normal for us to crave calm in the storms of life, but we need to look in the right place. We can't do it alone, that's for sure. When my mind wants to wander off in million directions, worrying about things I cannot change, I'm gently reminded by my Father of something I sometimes forget. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" (Philippians 4:8 NIV).

After l went to Augusta for my last doctor's appointment, I was left with a lot to think about. The song "Beautiful, Beautiful" by Francesca Battistelli came on. The lyrics really spoke to me that day.

I thought I would share a few lines:

Don’t know how it is You looked at me

And saw the person that I could be

Awakening my heart

Breaking through the dark

Suddenly Your grace


Like sunlight burning at midnight

Making my life something so

Beautiful, beautiful

Mercy reaching to save me

All that I need

You are so

Beautiful, beautiful

After hearing those words, I was no longer focused on the day's events. My God had provided all that I needed. He had been with me through countless surgeries and sleepless nights. In that moment, nothing else mattered.
To an outsider, my life probably looks like a tragedy. I'm in a wheelchair. My mom has to help me with a lot of simple tasks. I could say more, but none of that matters (I've not always been in a wheelchair and don't plan on staying in one forever). It would have been had God not done a miracle in my life when I was a very sick baby in the NICU. He has truly made my life something beautiful. If you can't say the same about your life, just focus on how great God is. You'll get there.


sybilsanders said...

Sweet, and GOD IS GOOD. Sometimes we forget how good He is to us all the time. It is such a Blessing to know that you are Christian Young Lady. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.

BK said...

Awesome post! Love ya!

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Beautiful! So thankful that you shared them with us today. I personally need these kinds of reminders:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this link, but unfortunately it seems to be offline... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please answer to my post if you do!

I would appreciate if a staff member here at could post it.


Madison said...


Since you didn't leave an e-mail address, I'm replying to your comment.

I think you are referring to the links in yesterday's posts. I just checked and all of the links work. If you aren't talking about the links, I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

tam7777 said...

You are truly beautiful inside and out. You are a becoming a great communicator. I am forever grateful God gave you to me. I won't forget about Eli either. He is definitely unique in his own way. I love you both.

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