i’m journaling through my images & thoughts from my recent trip~ you may begin here if you’re joining in new today.
~unpacking rwanda, a short series of simple thoughts~
the height of one’s resiliency is not limited by the depth of one’s tragedy
we all piled into the van & headed to meet a very special young lady for lunch. earlier that morning we heard jamie’s story and i’m certain i can speak for the group when i say i knew this was going to be one of the most emotional times on our trip. what i didn’t expect to see was the joy in jamie’s smile & the hope in her eyes.
if i close my eyes now, i see her somewhat bashful grin. i can see her eyes sparkle as she looks at the women who have counseled her & been a true life changing support for her these last several months. i don’t see bitterness and anger. oh. i have no doubt she remembers every horror she endured. and she’s just a child. i’m betting she remembers the faces of the men that took her innocence from her. i’m sure she remembers the smells and noises of that dark night. instead i see in jamie a spirit of resiliency that despite the depths of the horrific tragedy she endured is rising up.
jamie looked us in the eyes & asked us to tell her story. while her name has been changed for as we do just that, i can tell each of you, i have never seen bravery like this.
i have a daughter almost exactly the same age as jamie. they both have bright eyes & can be bashful in a group of adults.they both like rap music & coke. and they both love their converse hightops. there’s something about distancing ourselves from pain & tragedy that we view from the news. often times taking place in countries that seem so very far away & that we’ve never visited. it’s almost a protective mechanism for our hearts to almost want to close up and not really digest events like this that we can’t believe even occurs. i know i have. i know the “news” and stories like this i can hear and yet keep on with the details of my day. but this story, this sweet jamie’s face-her bashful smile & her bright eyes, this story…it won’t ever leave me. and while i’m certain my words aren’t eloquent nor powerful enough to do this story justice …her’s will be.
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