The Sand Storm Inside You . . .

Red Sun 12 x 12 Oil on Canvas  Sold © Laurie Justus Pace 2014

Red Sun 12 x 12 Oil on Canvas  Sold © Laurie Justus Pace 2014

I chose not to write my thoughts this morning. As I researched something with Red Sun... this came up.  I do remember standing outside the auditorium on my Junior High watching a sand storm blast through from west Texas.  It was fall and hot and the sun became a reddish brown as the sand blew toward the school grounds.  We were up on a hill and I was seeing it arrive maybe 50 miles away.   As you read the paragraphs below... you will understand why I decided to post it and not just a quote.  

God puts us through many trials and storms to strengthen us in our walk here.  I hope you enjoy this reading as much as I did. 

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.” Haruki Murakami  KAFKA ON THE SHORE