Your Real Strength Is In Your Greatest Weakness
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world – Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman certainly walked her talk. She escaped slavery going to the North. But she didn’t stay there. Instead, she made 13 missions to rescue other slaves using the Underground Railroad. She rescued over 70 families.
When the Civil War broke out, she worked as a scout and spy. One of the raids that she was part of saved 700 slaves. She is such a great example of not letting anyone break her soul. She not only stood firm for her beliefs, but helped hundreds escape slavery.
Harriet had dreams and trusted her intuition. There are stories of how she would lead the slaves down different paths, because her dreams told her the normal way was not safe, and she was right every time.
We all have had hard times come upon us. Times when you feel hopeless and helpless, that you cannot take another step. Days when you feel that the whole world is against you. Times of loss, of betrayal. A death in the family, a divorce, a loss of income and status.
People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
It is in these times that you have the choice of your greatest pain becoming your greatest source of strength. In that moment of surrender, you find the spark to go on.
Derek Rydell tells a story of how he was diving in a coral reef in his book “Emergence”. Not paying attention, he found himself trapped in a coral bed of fire coral. Fire coral is poisonous. Try as he might, he couldn’t see the way out.
He talks about the conversation in his head. First, he was pleading with God to save his life. It was let’s make a deal. Then his imagination was running wild on being found dead from the poison of the coral. What his friends and relatives would say at his funeral and so on.
Finally, exhausted and seeing the sand sharks swimming towards him in the coral he accepted that he was going to die. At this moment of complete surrender, no longer fighting, a huge wave came through the coral and swept him up on the only piece of coral that was safe. He was able to stand and see the only pathway safely out of the coral and return to shore.
This was his moment of waking up. This was his moment of divine consciousness coming both from within and into him. It was his “Kairos” moment. The definition of Kairos is the perfect, delicate, crucial moment, that fleeting rightness of time and place that creates the opportunity for action, words, or movement.
In that space of complete surrender, something inside of him finally released who and what he came to earth to be. He realized his purpose, his divine mission in life.
When Derek stood up on the one safe place, he was standing in God’s time. He was outside of time. For that one moment he was completely in the present moment. He wasn’t seeing his death in the future. He wasn’t full of regrets for things he did or didn’t do in his past. He was in a “Kairos moment”, a time when God takes action moment. Kairos takes you through time because you are standing outside of linear time.
Now it took time to integrate everything that came to him at that moment, but it was the moment that transformed him completely. He had to seize that moment, in order to save his life.
Difficult times that challenge you are not meant to destroy you. They are meant to wake you up to your life’s purpose. It is up to you to accept it or deny it.
When you accept it, you find strength in overcoming the trial. You have a clear purpose.
It doesn’t mean that you find an easy life. It means that you realize why you are here, and you start learning how to accomplish it.
The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it’s who you become. That’s what you will take into eternity. You are unceasing spiritual beings with an eternal destiny on God’s great universe – Dallas Willard
Those who refuse to accept their destiny, choose to remain asleep in life. They become bitter, negative souls, hopeless against life’s challenges.
Like the butterfly whose chrysalis gets opened from an outside source, their wings are weak and not capable of flight.
It is in the struggle to break out of the chrysalis, that the butterfly’s wings grow the strength to take flight.
Discover the path that you are meant to walk. Celebrate the miles you have come and keep going. Believe in yourself and see yourself as the wonderful inspiring person you really are becoming.