Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Sometimes when things seem falling apart, they might actually be falling into place." Unknown

Sometimes horrible terrible things happen and life seems to be falling apart. Weeks, months, maybe even years pass. Hope falters. But one day, things from the bad begin to make sense and out of darkness light shines. 

Emma Czornobaj had been driving three years. She was young, naive, but kind. One day, she spotted motherless ducklings trying to cross the highway. She stopped her car, put the blinkers on and ran to gather them up before someone ran them over. Coming down the road at high speed, a father and his daughter on a motorcycle.They crashed into her car. Both died. Emma was charged and found guilty of reckless driving causing death. She can be sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing will be August 8th.

A petition is circulating asking that Emma not be sent to prison. To read about the case or/and to sign the petition click link.

Emma's case reminds me of things in my own life when everything felt hopeless and life for me seemed over. Fear and despair were constants. And I couldn't stop asking myself - why, why, why had those things happened to me.  

But now, I know those awful things had purpose. I've discovered it's the bad things that happen to us, the horrible, the senseless, are often the path needed to take for incredible good to happen. 

I get to tell people now that nothing is ever impossible to overcome. The bad I lived and overcame has helped so many people, and for that reason, I'm grateful for having gone through all of it.   

I wish I could tell Emma that. I wish I could let her know that one day, this horrible thing that's happened to her, might be just the catalyst that will turn her life around in amazing ways.  

Happy Thursday, Guys.


Terri Tiffany said...

Wow. That is awful but I agree that in the bad, good can come. I'm holding onto that thought today!

Launna said...

I can attest to this too... some of those awful things in life help us to get on the right path... it's rough getting there sometimes...

Margie said...

So sad about her, I hope she does not get life in prison.

You have overcome the hardships you endured and I so admire the way you are helping others now.

Sharon said...

I was reminded of this verse: (Isaiah 45:3, NLT)

"And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness--secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name."

Sometimes it is in the darkest moments that we are given great insight into the character and person of God. Secret intimacies that aren't revealed unless we're in dire straits.

And most of all, it seems that our relationship to God is deepened in a different way. There is something to being stilled by difficulty or suffering, and then getting to KNOW God.


Daisy said...

I heard about this case. Such a sad turn of events. I do hope something good will come out of it in some way.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a heart breaking story! Should Emma go to prison, perhaps you will somehow get to minister to her one day. One thing we can all do is pray for her.

I am on a blogging break right now with my family home but I wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Summer. Take care and keep on sharing and encouraging others, dear Nikki.

Love, hugs, & blessings from PEI,

DUTA said...

'Good may come out of bad.'
As in your personal case, the horrible thing that happened to Emma might ultimately lead the path to something good and positive. She should never loose hope.