Storms are raging all around us this year. Every one of us find ourselves amid an unusual storm, beginning with a worldwide pandemic in which America, known as the world leader, is suffering the most deaths of any country in the world, which is a thesis for another day. Racism has reared its ugly head again in America, nearly as bad as it did back in the 1950s and ’60s. We watch videos on television of Blacks being killed over and over again. The challenge is to find ways to have peace amid our storms.
In the Brianna Taylor shooting, the only officer charged is the one who shot into the home of a neighbor; the others are free of all charges. What about Breonna?! She’s dead, and the only thing she did the day of her death was to go to bed to get some rest.
Too many Black people have been killed by police in the past 10 years to name in this column. Let’s just stay with the story of the death of Breonna Taylor, killed in her home after having gone to bed for the evening, when police broke down her door in a no-knock raid, and the night turns into her last night on this earth.
Who was Breonna Taylor? We have heard her story in the daily news — a medical technician, saving lives, willing and ready to work overtime.
According to an article by Karen Robinson-Jacobs in the Louisville Courier Journal, “Until 2016, she served as an emergency medical technician for Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services. Most recently, she worked at Norton Hospital as a PRN and at Jewish Hospital as an ER technician, said family attorney Lonita Baker.”
Her only crime was, in the recent past, she dated someone who was into dealing with drugs; however, that relationship had ended and Breonna had moved on.
In the same article, Taylor’s sister Ju’Niah shared how Breonna loved being a health care professional, and how she had begun filling out paperwork to attend fall classes at Ivy Tech Community College in neighboring Indiana, her sister said. She was having trouble deciding on whether she wanted to work in a neonatal intensive care unit or in a trauma unit, her sister said.”
It is stories like this that one would have to truly trust God to understand this Scripture: “And I know that all things work together for good to them who love God and who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). It does not feel good, but I know God’s word is always true.
As Tim Storey, acclaimed author, motivational speaker and life adviser, once said during an interview on the OWN Network with Oprah Winfrey, we go through recovery and discovery — or at least we should as we get over the things that happen in our lives. We recover when we figure out the lesson in how and why this thing happened to us.
How many of us go through things and never learn anything? No one else is in charge of you. Every one of us was born with free will. You are your own boss, always.
Let’s close with these two quotes:
“When you are in the middle of a storm cloud it’s hard to think outside of it, but the only way out of the storm is to ride through it and things will be a lot clearer on the other side” — Jodi Ann Bickley.
“Sometimes the greatest storms bring out the greatest beauty…Life can be a storm, but your hope is a rainbow and your friends and family are the gold. — Steve Maraboli.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.