Reclining in her wheelchair, we began to visit. Ten years ago her body was attacked by some sort of MS and within those ten years she went from braces and a cane to total-wheelchair-confinement.
With bones pointing out in all directions and heavy eyes, she smiles up at me and says, “I only have two pity parties a year and they’re bad.” I looked at her and said, “You are so special. Get some rest.” She reclined while did some house chores for her.
I sat for a moment and thought about what she had said. She only has two pity parties a year? I have two a week, and they are terrible! I can stomp, cry, crunch my face, say evil things all because a pair of pants don’t fit me just right.
There was a reason for me to be at that house. I thought I was there to bless her, but she blessed me and made me reflect on how good my life is.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us.
After my new friend awoke from her nap and I was feeding her, we visited about family, friends and faith. I asked her how she stays so positive in her situation. And she replied, “I cannot change the cards I have been dealt. As long as I can talk, I will pray, give thanks and help others with my words.” Wow!
Are you struggling to stay positive in your current situation?
James 5:13 ESV
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises.
I know how hard it is to find positive in your day at times. This assignment was a huge blessing; they all have been but this one for sure. She will always be in my heart and prayers. When I begin to have my own pity party, I will remember the wheelchair bound woman.