As I write this post, Anderson Cooper’s on CNN interviewing survivors of that horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora. Some things are just too big to even try to comprehend.
The Bible says that all things come together for good for those who love God, and I believe that. Individual things and experiences happen that are truly tragic, but God is sovereign and even tragedy “comes together” by His grace.
I just finished reading the incredible story of Stephanie Nielson, Mormon mother of five who was burned over 80% of her body in a plane accident a few years ago. Here’s her take…
“It has been a long journey, but I see this time in my life as the best part of my story. Not because I overcame so much, but because I’ve learned so much and I wouldn’t have been taught these valuable lessons any other way. So I don’t feel bitter at all, I feel grateful. Now I face trials with a better understanding of who I am, and the strength that comes from knowing I’ve survived worse. My body was scarred and disfigured, but just the opposite happened to my heart. Today, my heart is triumphant, my body is strong, and my life is full of everyday blessings.”
Heaven in Here was a mighty reminder of the things I take for granted, and an awesome illustration of the power of the human spirit. Well, well worth reading.