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Out of the Depths

Posted on August 10th, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom Well

This well serves a unique drink:
Words that refresh and cause you to think.

I actually read this following quote on a friend’s Facebook status and I was struck by it. It is attributed to author and psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:

“The most beautiful people
we have known are those who have known defeat,
known suffering, known struggle, known loss,
and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity,
and an understanding of life that fills them with
compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.”

I do not know if Ms. Kübler-Ross had a relationship with God but if I could add my worldview and faith perspective to this quote, I would edit the line “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat…and have found their way out of the depths.” After walking through a pretty trying time in my own life, I do not think it is ME and my strong will that finds my way out of the depths but rather GOD infusing me with HIS strength, courage, perseverance, and grace.

I do definitely resonate with her last line: “Beautiful people don’t just happen.” To quote Charles Swindoll, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” I am definitely learning that I am given the choice to grow through my trials and allow God to use them to mold me into the woman He desires me to be and to encourage others who are walking through similar roads. One of the ways I am choosing to grow is by taking the needed time and effort to reflect and process with God and others about my fears, lies I am believing, and strongholds that keep parts of me locked up. I desire to invite God into the deep places of my heart so that His love can bring “beauty for ashes” (Isaiah 61:3) in my life.

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Psalm 130

“Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.”

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