Tensile strength is the greatest amount of stretching a material can withstand before it tears. Sometimes people’s only hope for today is to have a tensile strength that helps them safely, without breaking or tearing, make it through the circumstances or events of the day.
On those days when life takes people by surprise and presents them with an unexpected challenge, crisis, disease, or death, people need a strong, inner, tensile strength.
Because mere human tensile strength is weak and susceptible to breaking or tearing, people need a strength that is stronger than their own.
Two days ago, on Christmas Eve, I faced a family crisis for which I needed strength greater than my own. Late in the evening, I received a call from my brother-in-law, who informed me that my sister was in the emergency room of the hospital.
As I hurried to the hospital, only five blocks away from my house, I began to cry and pray for my sister. I was totally distraught; however, upon entering the hospital door, an amazing calm overtook me.
By the time I reached her bedside, I was able to calm my sister who was highly disoriented, anxious, and showing signs of a stroke or heart attack.
After my sister and I spent Christmas Eve night in a freezing cold emergency room, the hospital admitted her on Christmas Day. Later that day, we learned that her EKG and blood work had shown evidence of a heart attack.
It is now four days later, and my sister is still in the hospital at which I have also stayed for the past four days; and, hopefully, she will be able to go home today.
While I make plans to continue to help my sister in the immediate days ahead, I am also faced with another family crisis. My younger brother, who lives in another state, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Tomorrow he finds out how far the cancer has spread throughout his body, and on January 9th he has surgery.
I am the middle child in my family, and I am now in the middle of a crisis with both my siblings. This is a time when I need more than my own tensile strength to get me through the days ahead.
Physically, mentally, and emotionally tired, I am aware of a spiritual strength within me that is empowering me to cope with my current family crisis. I know that inner strength is Spirit-might, which is greater than my own tensile strength.
When I returned home today for breakfast, a brief rest, and fresh clothing to go back to the hospital or to my sister’s house, I discovered that a fellow blogger and new friend, who had no awareness of my current family situation, had nominated me for the Candle Lighter Award.
I learned from her blog that “The Candle Lighter Award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day and those who never stop dreaming, for those who cannot quit, for those who keep trying.”
Thank you Woman at the Well for allowing God to use you and the Candle Lighter Award to confirm the Spirit-strength that never breaks or tears. I face the days ahead with new and greater strength.