Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook is an undeniable part of our lives.
And yes, I’m dying a little on the inside admitting that sad, sad, fact.
But sift through all the wedding and baby announcements, the cooking videos and political rants, and sometimes, juuuust sometimes, you’ll come across a gem.
A little nugget of pure goodness…be it a particularly hysterical cat video, a painfully embarrassing #TBT, or something that is actually -DareISayIt- meaningful.
And that happened today.
It was a quote by St. Catherine of Siena.
And let me just pause — I don’t care if you’re Catholic, Methodist, a non-denominational Christ follower, Jewish, atheist, searching, whatever you believe — saints are simply good role models of upstanding lives.
Better a saint than, say, good ol’ Kim Kardashian, amIright?
But I digress.
Writing about having Christ in a person’s heart: “Christ can give life, having in herself such vital force that no one can stay her…She shed forth strength and light and that no one can deprive her of it.”
I read that and I had to catch my breath.
Because I could not break free from the prison of ED. I did not want help. I did not want to be well. I wanted to retreat from the world while I wasted away to 78 pounds.
By all accounts I should not have been able to sustain living in that state, at death’s door, for as long as I did.
But God came in and broke through my walls I had built around my heart and reassured me and gave me peace and gave me the will to live. To recover. To embrace who I am in Him. Who I had been. Who I could be.
And that was the only way I could put the weight on and continue to choose recovery each and every day.
A vital force.
“Shedding forth strength and light.”
And let me just pause for a second here. I am not boasting in myself here. The only reason I can say these things is because they are not my doing. Had it been left up to me, I would probably still be a shivering, gaunt and lifeless heap of vacantness. God is these things. Not me.
Reading this today, I felt like it was just a little nudge of encouragement from God, reminding me that with Him, anything is possible. With Him, there is nothing we can’t do together.
And so I wanted to pass that along to you.
Life is hard. There are a lot of things weighing heavily on us all the time. Be it job troubles. Relationship troubles. Family issues. Addiction or abuse. Or even just the little stresses of day to day life. Life can seem overwhelming at times.
Times where we stand slump-shouldered, looking in the mirror, just trying to make it through another day.
With Him, we are a vital force to be reckoned with. Emitting strength and light.
“What then, is my nature? Fire is my nature.”
Gives a whole new meaning to “Girl on Fire,” doesn’t it?
Fire is my nature.
What a powerful image.
I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Do anything.
Because He is in my heart.
So thanks, Facebook. This is the prime example why I put up with all your eye-roll worthy poppycock. And it’s for beautiful reminders like this one.
Because of Him, I am a vital force that no one can stay me.
And so are you.