Last night I watch a woman, Sally Smith, standing in the rubble of her mother’s home in Joplin. She turns to Anderson Cooper and says, “You can’t fall apart over things like this.”
I burst into tears. Can you imagine your whole life crumbling around you and saying that? What does she know that I don’t? Sally Smith is firm in her resolve, smiling. She picks up the pieces of dolls, trying to identify fragments. Anderson asks her where you even start to build your life again after a tornado like this.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do, but it will work out. It will.”
Anderson notices her t-shirt, and she says, “Life is good. God does not give us anything we can’t handle. I know His hand is in it; I’ve seen too many things. We’ll be fine. Saying good-bye to things is hard. . .
Anderson says, “You’re about the most optimistic person I’ve met in a long time.”
That’s when she says, “You cannot fall apart over things like this.”
Sally Smith has the faith, strength, and courage of a woman who lives with flair. I just love her. Will I ever be the kind of woman who can look in the face of disaster and proclaim the kind of truth that she can?
Journal: When I’m complaining about any disappointment today, I’m going to remember Sally Smith in the rubble. Where can you say, “You cannot fall apart over things like this”?