We Don’t Always See It Coming

When I left my house to pick up some groceries on the evening of Dec. 10, the last place I expected to end up was on the floor at Walmart with a seizure.
Sometimes, we don’t see it coming.
After two days in the hospital and a battery of tests, the only telltale signs of my adventure were a knot on the back of my head and three cracked (but, thank God, non-displaced) ribs.
A lot of people offered prayers for my safety and recovery, and I’m so grateful to them and for them. There is no doubt that prayer moves the hand of God.
I’ll probably never know why the seizure happened, but I am certain there is a purpose. Eventually, in His time, God will let me in on it … if I trust Him and stay out of His way.
In the meantime, I won’t be driving for 6 months. That is exasperating. I can’t come and go when I please. I have to plan things out. My boss is very understanding and accommodating, and I’ll be able to do a lot of work from home.
I’ll still have to be “a bother” and ask for help now and then. But already, a long list of folks have told me they’ll be there to help any way they can.
I can’t help but smile, because this is putting me on the receiving end of a conversation I had with Nan, my late grandmother. She gave up driving in her 80s and became a ward of others’ goodwill. She didn’t want to be a bother, either.
I reminded her that she never objected to helping others who needed help. In fact, she gloried in it.
“You’re not the only person God put here to help others, you know,” I said. “Now it is someone else’s turn to be the helper while you are the helpee.”
It clicked. She understood that stubbornly relying on herself and not wanting to be a burden on others – no matter how well-intended – amounted to sticking a finger in God’s eye.
It’s apparently my turn to take that lesson to heart.
Maybe I’m not the only one who could profit by thinking about needing – and being needed by – other people. The milk of human kindness seems to be in short supply lately.
“Each man’s life touches so many others … ”
Now where have I heard that before?

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