“My life was like a cup of coffee. Very dark.”

I never saw this photo before (it’s in the articles), but it is a haunting picture of the Vietnam War. American soldiers and Vietnamese children are running away from a bomb and jellied gasoline. These stories talk about the “napalm girl,” Kim Phuc, who is the girl in the picture with her clothes burnt off. She stated, “Napalm is the most terrible pain you can imagine. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. Napalm generates temperatures of 800 to 1,200 degrees Celsius.”
She suffered from painful third-degree burns and long hospitalization. Just when she was reaching her dreams (med school), the Vietnamese government stopped her and used her as spokesperson/symbol of war, making her travel and talk from scripts.

Her story is very touching because her religion was originally the traditional Vietnamese religion. Her anger & questions of why she survived built up inside of her, and then she stumbled upon the Bible.

Kim says, “My life was like a cup of coffee. Very dark: with hatred, anger, bitterness, sorrow…” After reading the Bible, she asked God, “How can I clean everything in my heart if it’s full of coffee?” The answer, she explains, was in letting her cup be poured out every day, “until it became empty and God spilled His love into my cup.”

Similar to C.H. Spurgeon’s words

“Humiliation of soul always brings a positive blessing with it. If we empty our hearts of self God will fill them with His love.”

It’s all beginning to make sense. I began seeing all the yuck in me and it was unbearable. But God doesn’t want me to just look at my brokenness, He wants me to let go of it. Let go and He will fill you up with something much better… something beautiful and true. Himself & His love.

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