Sometimes, we assume that for people who become great success stories, life must have come easily. Not so. Take former President Dwight Eisenhower, for example.
In late December, 1920, when he was 30 years of age, his son Icky fell seriously ill with scarlet fever. With no antibiotics, little could be done. The young boy was quarantined in the hospital, and Eisenhower and his wife Mamie could only watch and wait. Icky’s condition worsened, and Eisenhower was eventually allowed into the boy’s room to offer comfort. On January 2, 1921, Icky passed away in his father’s arms.
This memory followed President Eisenhower for the rest of his life. If you visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, you can see the graves of President and Mrs. Eisenhower. And buried between them is little Icky.
Out of the ashes of pain often rises greatness.
You likely have trauma or abuse in your background. Take heart, for God is radically on your side.
Recovery Step: Trust in the one who promises, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).