Like most people, I have taken blows in this life. Some of them were pretty serious, serious enough to knock me to the ground. C. JoyBell C. writes of blows that “burst us open” to the point that we believe we are dying. Life is full of these lethal blows, and they hurt. Whether illness, abuse, or other life griefs, we do sometimes feel like we have “burst open.” Our inner strength is spent. Our courage is damaged. Our soul is torn. We may even believe we might die.
But we have the kind of strength and courage that simply does not give in. We have a soul that has been placed in us by our Creator, and that soul is made strong by God’s grace and constant presence. In the deepest darkness, we still shine with a light that cannot be extinguished and with a resilience that cannot be broken. I love the words of C. JoyBell C. that compares us to stars.
I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!”