Life can sometimes lead you down an interesting journey, one you’re not expecting. When that happens, you can either go against the grain or pick up your board and ride the wave. Even when you’re on that wave, the wind and the water can be distracting, as you can feel it tossing you to and fro.
I recently had one of these life altering journey’s embark upon me back in October. I received a horrific call from my sister, letting me know that our baby sister Sarah, had been critically injured in a car accident. From that moment on, life has not been the same for me and my family. Hit by a drunk driver, my sister is currently now in a Vegetated/Responsive state.
Since then, I’ve gone back and forth, travelling to be with my family in Texas, while residing in California. That is until about 2 weeks ago, when my mom asked me to move back home, as the journey we’re on with my sister, continues. In the midst of one of the most difficult times in our lives, I have witnessed and participated in the Power of Love.
Being back in Texas with my family, I knew that my journey would come with its challenges, as this situation is one that requires heart and courage. Despite that I understand my sister’s current circumstance, as I drove up to the rehab that she’s currently at, our other sister had Sarah outside awaiting my arrival as I asked, my heart dropped.
As I pulled up, I saw a very skinny girl, in a rehabilitation chair, sitting in the sun, knowing that this withered figure, was my baby sister. I parked my car and as I got out, I broke into weeping. Thankfully my aunt was there to help put me back together, as I wailed “Thats not my sister.” It broke every part of me, to my sister at this disadvantage. A woman, so full of life and more energy than our entire family combined, now confined to this chair.
Every moment I’m with my sister, it takes courage to look beyond what I currently see and look past with the eyes of love. My family and I know that my sister will be restored completely, however the journey requires great patience. Yet in this time of devastation, my family has come together on behalf of my sister, all for the sake of love. We love her deeply.
We have all laid down our lives, in one fashion or another, all for the sake of love on behalf of my sister. As I spoke to her over the speaker phone tonight, I reminded her that she is so worthy of every drop of love that we pour on her. We rally together, when another gets weak and we continue to pour love on each other as well.
I must admit, this is not easy to write, as it reminds me of the deep heartache and the brokenness I have felt since that painful day in October. Yet, aside from the pain in my heart, the love I have witnessed through this, has forever changed me.
You see, I have four siblings, me being the bossy eldest, I have a mom and dad, that despite the weightiness of my baby sister’s situation, they have somehow managed to pour love on the rest of us children. Honestly, I don’t know how they do it. I don’t know how two people can hold so much love inside of them. But they do. My mom is constantly checking on us to make sure that all of her babies are okay. When my dad hears of our heartaches, he breaks. There love is mind boggling to me.
I have not only witnessed, but I have experienced and embraced the Power of Love. My parents long-suffering love, has done something inside of me that has forever changed me. Their love has changed me in such an incredible way and I will never love the same again. As a result, I am able to love my sister even better, along with those around me.
I want to challenge you to give in to the Power of Love. For the one who has ran from love, I challenge you to stop your running and allow yourself to receive love. For the person who has walled them-self in, thinking your protecting yourself from the vulnerability of love, I challenge you to bring the walls down. Yes love is wild and can be unpredictable, but the truth is, you were made for it. Not accepting it, is like saying, “I no longer need air to breath”, “I no longer need water to drink.”
Like the love I’ve experienced from my parents, its something that is so incredibly powerful and so worth experiencing and giving in to. Sometimes we may not get the love we desire, for reasons that we may not even see, I’ll share more about that tomorrow, with my own previous experiences. However, accepting and receiving love, is the part that we get to participate in. Take me up on my challenges and allow the Power of Love knock you sideways!
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