You’re invited to read Marilyn’s very transparent and revealing post to encourage your heart.
Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3 (KJV)
Mondays are not usually good days for me. Sometimes I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck! Today was no different. I was hoping to take it easy after fixing our usual “Monday lunch”….beans, rice and cornbread. Then I remembered that the dog needed to be fed. Clothes needed to be washed and dried. And I didn’t need to forget…again… to read my Bible either! I planned to eat an early lunch with my husband and then be ready to walk out the door at twelve sharp so I could carry a friend to her yearly visit to the eye doctor at one o’clock. Whew!
At twelve noon I walked out the door. Right on time. When we arrived at the doctor’s office, I went in to make sure everything was on schedule before leaving to run some errands of my own. As I sat in a padded, blue chair in the waiting room, I saw a young couple with a beautiful black haired little girl come in. She looked to be in first or second grade and sounded very intelligent. I overheard her say to her mother, “Are you sure this is a children’s clinic, too? It looks like it is just an adult clinic.” I smiled because she sounded so grown up and serious. In a few minutes my friend was signed in and I left to do my errands.
After an hour’s shopping, I was ready to go back and see if my friend was done. I went in the waiting room but she was not there. After looking through stacks of magazines, I found one I thought I would enjoy and sat down to read. I did not have time to open the magazine before the daddy of the little black haired girl that I previously mentioned opened the door, walked in and promptly plopped himself down in the chair right beside me! Now, you need to know that I like my space. Before choosing the chair I was sitting in, I had carefully sized up the other occupants of the room and distanced myself properly from them. I never, but NEVER sit directly adjacent to a stranger in a waiting room unless there is absolutely no other place to sit! So needless to say, I was a little taken aback when he breezed in, sat down next to me, smiled and then said, “I must have been following you! I left not long after you did and here I have gotten back just after you did!” It took me just a minute to follow his line of reasoning. My first thought was that I should smile, nod and then casually get up, choose another magazine ….and another seat! Arrogance…..plain and simple. That’s what my attitude was.
Thankfully I overcame that feeling and although I did smile, I didn’t get up and move to another seat. Instead I asked him how old his little girl was, if she was getting ready to go back to school….this and that. Just idle conversation with a stranger. Back and forth we talked. He mentioned his daughter went to a Christian school. Then I mentioned we had home schooled our kids. He said he and his wife had wanted to do that but that something happened that prevented them. He had my attention now!
A little over a year ago he suddenly began to have serious vision problems. A CT scan and a MRI showed a large and very rare type of brain cancer. He had to have emergency brain surgery. His doctor told him that he would almost certainly come out of the surgery either blind, deaf, or not able to speak…..or possibly even all three. This man….I never did ask his name…..told the doctor that it was all right….that the Lord was going to be with him no matter what happened. But he CAN see, he CAN hear, and he CAN speak! All this he told me with a big ole smile on his face. Some of his words, as well as I can remember them were…”Sometimes things come on us unexpected but the Lord always works it out for our good.” What a great testimony to the goodness of our Lord and to the faithfulness of His child.
How humbled I was by the time my friend came out and it was time to go home. What a blessing I would have missed had I listened to my tired, haughty, arrogant spirit telling me that I didn’t want to be bothered with talking to a stranger who had actually had the nerve to sit in the very next chair to mine when there were empty chairs all over the waiting room! My Jesus knew I needed to be uplifted by hearing what He had done for this man and hearing the praises this Christian Brother was offering to Him. I am so glad that the Lord Jesus orders our steps…..and the chairs we sit in too!
Marilyn Harrell likes writing, in general, but especially when I can write about Jesus speaking to me through ordinary, everyday things which magnify His presence in my life. I want to live a Christ honoring life and am active in our church, work as a volunteer in a local crisis pregnancy center, lead group Bible studies, love to cook and read, and was a homeschool mom to our three children for sixteen years. My husband and I are in our retirement years now and enjoy doing many things together. Please connect with Marilyn at her blog: Walking in Truth