When you were young, you fell many times, scraped your knees and broke an arm or a leg. The pain broke you open like the nutcracker to a nut. Then years later, the loss of a loved one broke you even further. This experience was even worse. It broke your heart wider, just like the tornado ravishes the shingles off a roof or the tree crashing down the roof of a newly acquired home.Then the person you have shared all your dreams and goals decided that you are not good enough and leaves with your best friend. This broke you like the way the fire melts down metal.
Each time life happens to us, we have an immediate reaction to close up, shut down and shut up. We immediately want to hide, to lick our wounds and bemoan the unfairness of it all. Yet, it is exactly through theses experiences that Chineke opens us up, to face the reality that life is not full of just goodness, that life has lessons that help make us stronger and wiser. That as our heart seems to break, Chineke picks up the pieces and remakes us anew.
“Iyi di nwanyo enweghi nde mara anya igwu miri”…Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. It is the torrents of life that teach us how to anchor through the turbulence of living. We must leave our hearts open and look within the break, and siphon the lessons within the espoused cracks. As your heart is opened wider, Chineke prepares you for goodness.
Otito Nile Diri Chineke.