Seeing more clearly when things have gone terribly wrong


A forest in winter


Some months ago, I read an interesting book about a near-death experience (NDE).  Here are a couple of quotes from it that struck me.  They’re not about the author’s NDE as such, but about the benefits that can come in times of sorrow, failure, or adversity.


The book is Dale Black, Flight to Heaven (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2010).


Here are the two passages, as the author reflects upon his difficult recovery from a painful and almost fatal plane crash:


“Someone once said, I forget who, ‘In October, when the leaves fall, you can see deeper into the forest.’  It’s true.  So much foliage had fallen from my branching ambitions, and as a result, I could see deeper into the forest that was my life.”  (78)


“Trees need the winter.  I never knew that before.  They need time to strengthen for the growth they experience in springtime.  All that green, pulpy growth has to harden, or the tree would not be able to withstand the seasonal winds that whip against it.”  (78-79)


I suppose it’s a matter of simplification.



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