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Topic: Break (02/06/06)
By Juliet Maruru
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It happens to me a lot these days. One moment I’m fine and I think I can make it no matter what. Then I’m thirteen all over again and not so sure.
I think it happens for a good reason. You see, thirteen was a very difficult age for me. It was then that I was most aware of how so very small I am in this universe. I was just discovering myself and learning so much about humanity. It was at this point in time that I discovered just how twisted human nature could be.
I suppose it happens to all young people, growing pains, but for me growing up had an ugly twist. I lost something that was very precious to me. I think what hurts most is that I had no choice in the matter. Innocence should have been mine to keep for as long as I wanted to keep it.
I think that I tried to survive the loss, but in the end I did reach a breaking point. Once I was broken, I spent a lot of time in the land of dark sorrow and loneliness. Then one day after so many days, someone reached me. I think that she had been trying to reach me all along but I just couldn’t hear her voice. Her voice guided me to recovery and discovery.
My mother’s voice reminded me that however small I felt, I was born to accomplish a purpose in this universe. No matter how painful life becomes we have an obligation each day to live, love and praise God with everything we do. Sometimes we reach that point where nothing seems to make sense. The ‘Break’ point. God furnishes a way out of the pain and darkness. It could be a loved one’s voice, like in my case, or perhaps a perfect stranger’s voice that God will use to guide you back to light, life and joy. Whatever the case, we must always remember that we are not self-sufficient. We need each other. We need God.
So when I am caught up in pride, and I take that slide back in time, I know that I’m being reminded of that ‘Break’, so that I can start taking more notice of God and my purpose for living. I think it is a good thing.
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