As many of you know, last summer my husband and I made the decision to cancel our cable TV. We only watched a couple of shows on a regular basis so we made the choice to turn it off and rely on the internet or Netflix for those times when we felt like watching something. Our son has adjusted well to the decision and hasn’t complained for months about not having cable. That’s a win.
He and I recently discovered the show I Shouldn’t Be Alive on Netflix. We have become addicts enthusiastic fans. We are both mesmerized by these incredible stories of perseverance in the midst of the most hopeless situations.
The recurring themes in this show have fascinated me for years.
Lost to found
Trapped to free
Stranded to rescue
Feelings of certain death to feelings of certain life
pure elation knowing you are going to survive
At the end of each episode, I look forward to hearing each survivor summarize their experience. In one way or another, most of them will tell of how the ordeal made them stronger or how it opened their eyes in someway to the gift and the beauty of life. Most of them said they were grateful to be given a second chance.
One man who lost the bottom half of one of his legs after it was crushed under a 2500 lb boat mast was asked if it bothered him to wake up in the hospital and discover it was gone. His response,”it bothered me not...I look at life through a new lens now.”
Tragedy… if it doesn’t kill you, if it doesn’t defeat you…will open your eyes and give you a whole new perspective on life.
When pain is redeemed, when second chances are realized, when light penetrates utter darkness… I can’t think of anything more beautiful.
Question: How has a trial in your life given you new eyes?