I first met Barbara when I worked for a construction company. That’s right, I worked in construction. Don’t worry, I didn’t wear a hard hat. I worked inside. Barbara is one of the most inspirational women I have personally met. I could tell she was sensitive and even intuitive and after a few conversations she began to share her story with me. She shared how she burned in a fire when she was 9 years old and they only gave her a few months to live. She quickly informed the doctor that she wasn’t going to die, she was going to live until she was 94! He told her that he believed her with an attitude like that :). Later in life she lost two of her adult daughters in two separate car accidents. I can’t begin to imagine what that’s like, can you? Yet here she is happy and making the most of her life. I look at her and wonder how she was able to do it. I’ve thought that it has to be her faith, it has to be God.
She has since moved to Northern California so I don’t get to see her often. But she recently came down for a birthday party so we were able to catch up over Thai dinner at Abricott and a margarita and music at El Portal . Here is what Barbara offered as encouragement to anyone who may be feeling hopeless right now.
There is always someone worse off than you are. And one day you will understand the feelings you are having right now because everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it is darkest before dawn. Hang in there, things will get better. Maybe not as fast as you would like but when it’s time, it will.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. To one who has faith no explanation is necessary. To one without faith no explanation is possible.
Do you have a favorite quote or scripture that gives you hope? I’d love to hear about it.