“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Quote from the late and great poet Maya Angelou 4 April 1928 – 28 May 2014
Not too many words can express the feelings and emotions the great Maya Angelou holds in the hearts of so many. I’m not going to write some elaborate post but instead I’d just like us to reflect on the gift to us all that God placed on this earth in the form of this great woman. May we not miss the fact that through a traumatic and horrific experience in her very young life she, after a time, was able to find not only her voice but also a calling that speaks to the souls of millions. A voice that has brought healing to the masses and made even the most proud of men and woman humble themselves before the Almighty in reverence to His glory spoken through this woman.
It’s been wonderfully stated that through the ashes of life God can bring about a Beauty that shines forth due to our experiences.
“Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.” – Micah 7:8 (AMP)
Very much like the tale of the Phoenix that dies but is risen again to shine forth so are we. But unlike the Greek mythical bird, a Phoenix of God are the MANY children placed upon this planet to rise again through the tremendous and amazing sacrifice of our Lord and Savior. To rise above what life can, and will, throw at us and to never forget the struggles of so many that are still in the process of rising above their own darkness to shine forth in His glory.
Each day we hold the incredible opportunity to be someone’s personal “Maya Angelou”, by blessing their lives in whatever way God desires to use us. I pray that both you, and I, let this “Beautiful Phoenix” of God’s example remind and fill us with all that our Lord has for us to be…one onto another.
Be Forever Blessed,
To learn more on this incredible woman’s life, I’m inserting the following link to the wiki on her. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou)
All scripture references are from biblegateway.com