You know, I've always admired the strong, quiet type. The people who are strong beyond words, but you never know it because they are so humble and don't seek to draw attention to themselves. I just like that quality in people. However, there are times when they do need to share, and need to talk about the struggles they are facing. But I've learned: when these people talk, I listen.
I have a friend in the blogger world who is speaking now, and I'm listening along with the rest of her friends. Her words are always well thought out and worth hearing, but this time I think all who know her are speechless.
She is someone who has commented on this blog occasionally, and who's blog I love to read. She is wise, fun, and always full of insights. I have come to know her through her writing. Yesterday, she posted about a valley she is going through, and I must say it took many of us in her vast circle of blogging friends by surprise. She has cancer. In the last two weeks she has been through a major operation, a glimpse at her mortality, and all of the major struggles that news like this brings about. To me, her words during this time of her life will be like gold. I look forward to her insights, but not her pain and struggle. She's not so introspective that she thinks everything is about her, but she's introspective enough to impart some great thoughts. She has that rare ability to take herself out of a situation and see it from God's point of view. That's what wisdom is, isn't it?
Charity is at Wide Open Spaces. While she still has a tough road ahead, and she's waiting for test results and a plan of action from her doctors, she sees this as a journey and is willing to share as she goes along. I'll wait for her words. They will be gold, and worth waiting for.