Blue skies and sunshine unexpectedly showed up after days of rain in Portland. I find that words of encouragement perk up people’s spirits the same way.
A few weeks ago, I ventured into a new large church for the first time. I only knew a handful of people, so I was quite surprised when a woman rushed up to me during the church service. She said, “I know you and I really need to talk to you.” I didn’t have the foggiest idea who she was and I wondered if my memory lapse was given away by the blank expression that washed over my face.
When she started describing our brief encounter, relief swept over me as I recalled a beautiful summer day about twenty years ago. Some friends invited my little girl and I to a blue grass concert. Since I can’t drive, this was quite a treat!
I took a wheelchair with me since I have cerebral palsy and can’t walk well. Surveying the crowd from my wheelchair, I spotted a woman with a small boy in a wheelchair too. When I talked to her, all those years later , she said I was still grieving over his condition. But why gave me courage when you told me “God has a plan and purpose for his life, he’ll be able to do anything he wanted too.” She laughed and said, “And he is!”
Talking to her again, reminded me that, despite the fact that we must face our own challenges, God can still use each one of us to give others courage.