Christmas 2015 will be one that stands out in my memory for the rest of my life. While visiting my daughter, I broke my leg and ended up in the hospital for 5 days followed by rehab for several weeks because I wasn't able to put any weight on it.
We never know what a day will hold when we wake up in the morning whether it will be one filled with pain or joy, difficult circumstances or happy ones. But one thing we can be sure of - the Lord knows and has a plan for our lives. Did the Lord cause my broken leg? NO! But God knew it would happen and set things in motion to help me get through this difficult time.
He sent angels to help me as I fell to prevent the injury from being worse. He sent the necessary people to help me get to the hospital and while there, he arranged the circumstances so that I got good care to optimize the healing of a bad break.
God has been helping me through the healing process, strengthening my determination to get well and to work hard through physical therapy. He has also been helping me to keep the negative emotions at bay by bringing friends across my path to support and pray as well as to walk beside me on this journey each day.
Life happens... but we have a heavenly Father who is there through each happening. He may not prevent the difficult things, but he helps us walk through them, providing exactly what we need each day as we keep our eyes focused on him.
Has life "happened" to you lately? How has the Lord helped you through your tough circumstances? I'd love to hear from you!
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Many of my friends know that two years ago, I was diagnosed with endothelial dysfunction in the small blood vessels of my heart. In an effort to make lifestyle changes, I began to adopt healthier eating habits and to walk as I am able. Several weeks ago, I stumbled on a unique program where I am taking a virtual walk across America. The site is at http://www.exerciselbl.gov if anyone is interested in looking it up.
Each day I wear my pedometer and track the number of steps I have walked that day. Then I translate the steps into miles – 2500 steps equals approximately one mile on the map. When I enter my miles for each day it shows me a photo of where I am on the road and a note about what town is coming up next.
To make the journey more interesting, I have begun to read up on the history of the markers along this route which began near Williamsburg, VA. I’m discovering that there are so many interesting historical facts and stories about people to be explored along the way!
As of last Saturday, I had “walked” over 37 miles so far. It has taken me 5 weeks because I’m not able to walk a lot yet, but I hope to increase a little each week. I am heading through Charles City County, VA this week, the birthplace of 2 US presidents – William Henry Harrison (9th) and John Tyler (10th) It’s also home to one signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison V.
But one of the most interesting people I learned about in my reading about Charles City was an African American man named Lott Cary. He was born in 1780 as a slave on the plantation of John Bowry, a farmer and Methodist minister. As a young man, Cary was industrious and soon was hired out to work in the Shockoe tobacco warehouse in Richmond. There he received an education after joining the First Baptist Church in Richmond, learning to read and write, along with math and the Bible in a class for slaves and free men. Because of his diligence, he was able to earn and save enough money to eventually buy freedom for himself and his two children shortly after the death of his wife in 1815.
Later in 1815, Cary became a recognized Baptist minister and he soon became involved with missionary efforts, traveling to Liberia on the West Coast of Africa where he planted churches and started schools. He also served as a lay physician. In 1828, he became acting governor of Liberia, but died later that year from wounds received in an accidental explosion.
He is still remembered today through the work of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, based in Washington, DC.. In Richmond and Charles City, he has streets named after him. March 21 was also declared as Lott Cary Day in James City County and this year, he was honored as one of the Library of Virginia’s “Strong men and Women in Virginia History.”
What an inspiration! This man overcame steep obstacles with the Lord’s help to go on to accomplish much for the kingdom of God. To read more of his story, check him out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lott_Cary
There is power in stories. They capture our attention, teach us life lessons and even let us know we're not alone in our difficult circumstances or emotional upheavals.
Let God minister hope and healing to your heart through the stories of others - whether they are Bible women, historical figures or even fictional characters whose lives are based in truth.
He has a message for you today!