Thursday, May 20, 2010

Seeing the Stars

"But I know somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars." Martin Luther King, Jr.

I used to think....those things that happened would kill me. They cut so deep....and kept me living in hiding....like a fugitive....always on the run....not letting anyone get too close....too afraid to be found out...for the truth to be discovered....of what I had done....where I had been...what I had lived. 

Now though, I can see the stars. All that stuff that happened....that drove me crazy...that kept me locked in shame - that created so much pain..... and that I thought I would never be free from - has taught me to look up and see the stars.
Those things that almost killed me....has worked to make me strong. 

I want others who are still fighting the demons...to Know Hope...to know there is a way to break free...to come to the place where they too can look up when it's really dark and see the stars shining back....and know the darkness didn't consume them....

I wish those things had never happened. And I never want to go through them again.....but maybe they had a purpose....to tell others...that freedom is possible....that there is a way out.  Things aren't perfect...but it's ok. Maybe that's the difference....I just know looking back - He pulled me out from being so far down that somehow...I know....the rest will come. 

So if you're still fighting...and the darkness seems too great...hold on....never give up...and Know Hope...

26 comments:

Tonjia said...

thankyou

Nicole said...

Beautiful post! I was reading an article in the St. Petersburg Times yesterday about a man who had fathered 30 children. He had just impregnated his 15 year old niece and had sexually abused his daughter for two years. When the daughter told on him, no one believed him. It was an incredibly sad and awful crime. How can children come forward without anyone on their side to believe them and fight for and with them? I am keeping them in my prayers. How do you help these children? What if you suspect that there is sexual abuse but the child might be too afraid to acknowledge it? How can you help them? I have suspected something odd and different about such a girl but I don't know her well enough to ask? What advice can you give?

Mary said...

Praise God! Your head, your face lifted up - not down afraid for others to see.

Transformation!

Hugs!!

Finally Free said...

So beautiful and full of such hope.
Somehow, Sarah, your words always encourage me to keep holding the candle of hope high for others to see. I am faced with the dark daily in my sessions and just knowing you made it out encourages me that they can make it out, too.

Blessings and hugs my friend,
Tammy

Shanel said...

Lover this post and needed this reminder:)

Karen said...

Amen!! To "Know Hope"...is what everyone needs...for in knowing that Hope...we come to know love...we come to know peace...we come to know freedom...we come to know joy!

Very special post!!

They call me "Deb" said...

Sarah,

This, my friend .... this is the most transparent post I've read in a long time. It doesn't just list the things that have victimized you. And it isn't a call for sympathy or pity.

This is a true glimpse into a healing and redeemed heart. A heart that knows and is filling with the love of Christ.

This one needs to be read by everyone who has ever struggled in any way.

Hugs and love in Jesus,
Deb

Andrea said...

Praising GOD for the purpose HE has given you, sweet friend. Love, hugs, and prayers,
andrea

Colleen said...

Amen. Sometimes hope is all we have. So we need to take care of it and nurture it in ourselves. Love the quote. Hugs.

Susan Deborah said...

Dear dear Sarah:

I am a great believer in 'hope'. Your post today reverberates with the wonderful aura of the positivity and warmth that 'hope' provides. Walking close to our god always keeps our hope alive and kicking :)

God bless you with everything in life.

Joy and happiness always,
Susan

NOS said...

Firstly, I want to say how much I ADORE the image you chose for this post. I love the Lion King and find it very profound.

Secondly, it's very comforting to hear that someone has gone through hardships and has come out the other side. It's really hard for me to "know hope" right now, but I'm trying.

Keep holding on to hope. It's a gift.

Wishing you well,
NOS

Jennifer said...

Thank you for being a shining light of hope. Thank you!

Lynda Young said...

This is truly beautiful, honest, and encouraging.Thank you for this amazing post.

Terri Tiffany said...

I love reading the comments. I love that others see you as I've come to know you! Hope you have a great day and keep us posted on the book!

Dianne said...

Dearest Sarah,
This is a life-giving and hope-filling post for those who are in the grip of any kind of abuse. Your voice will be heard.

Love,
Dianne

Nai'a Spirit said...

Beautifully stated .. Mahalo Sarah :-)

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

From Tracie said...

To be able to be the person who shows someone else how to KNOW HOPE....that is powerful! Thank you so much for sharing this...I love it!

Being Me said...

Hope is a powerful tool, if we only remember to keep it close always.

God Bless you.

BM

Elan said...

thanks for sharing. I love the quote by MLK jr,

Patricia Singleton said...

Nicole, contact Social Services or Child Protective Services in your state if you think a child is being abused. The agency is called different names in different states. Just tell them what you think and they will decide to check it out or not. That is really all you can do.

Sarah, thank you for sharing your words of hope. Hope gives us something to cling to when we feel helpless.

Just Be Real said...

Words of encouragement. Thank you dear one.

Paula said...

I never thought the life I am having now would be possible by any means. Hope, determination and some very hard work. it is a miracle, like all of us are miracles!

Just_because_today said...

You have become stronger. Those things did have a purpose and that is it. They strengthened your faith and gave you a purpose.

"So if you're still fighting...and the darkness seems too great...hold on....never give up."
Beautifully said.

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

Amen sister, freedom IS possible & it comes from your bold hope in Him!!!
Wylie

Syd said...

Thanks Sarah! Knowing there is always hope is so important. Even when all seems lost, hope is still there.