While on vacation, I read this book which I had picked up at the local thrift store. It follows a family through several generations of women suffering from mental illness. Saffee, the final heroine, suffers from growing up in a household with a mother who behaves in bizarre ways and a father who denies that anything is wrong. Isolation and anxiety are the result. Saffee becomes afraid to have friends over, cautious of confiding in others and uneasy about her own future. However, as a young teenager, Saffee hears God’s voice (not audibly, but internally) telling her “Watch….Listen…Learn. Your life will be different.”
She holds onto those comforting words as she grows up, meets and marries a young man and moves into her first home. Through her husband, friends and a growing relationship with God and the church, Saffee learns to honor the good things about her mother and appreciate her father’s steadfast loyalty. She gradually becomes comfortable in revealing her true self to others. Her life is different from her mother’s ….because of God.
Having grown up with similar family issues, I could identify and appreciate this fictional story. All of us have “baggage” but we don’t have to keep holding onto it. We can choose to trust God and let him change us.
“Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22