Did You Know…?
To this day my heart is overwhelmed with an absolute sense of wonder that in this life God has permitted me to know so many amazing people…people who came to stay in my life…people whose quality I could only weakly acknowledge from a distance… people who put up with me in such patience…people who believed better things of me than I deserved…people who knew Jesus intimately and served Him faithfully… people who reflected His glory to all with whom they came in contact, including me…people whose courage, sacrifice and devotion to Christ and to all those He loves inspired me then and now.
I love how Father God sent them to me at various times (just the right times) in my life when I really needed a friend…or a role model…or a teacher…or a preacher. Some of them I knew in my youth and their voices are silent now, but they still speak to me. Most often when I met a new friend who would stick by me, I remember those times for my feeling of being surprised by great joy. I didn’t expect what God did for me in the beautiful people which have graced my, so often, petty, little life. Because of them I have seen during my life here what faith looks like…as well as honesty, integrity, hard work, perseverance, love, and loyalty. Among the many, many priceless gifts they brought and bring me in life, perhaps this one is my favorite…they gave me the gift, which I would never have known otherwise, of seeing my life through their trust in and hope for and love of me. Oh, I know I didn’t measure up to their gracious view of me…not nearly. But I tell you, even though I often feel I have made so little progress toward the image of God’s Son, I shudder to think what my life would be without God’s precious gifts to me in such dear people. I am blessedly haunted by wonderful, faithful people whose lives call to me across years, across miles, across seas, and even from the other side of eternity. They will not permit me to give up.
Some of these dear ones are named…Vicki, S.P., Gail, Allen, Adrian, Tammie, Jack, Marie, Ed, Bud, Lew, Gary, Cathy, Astor, Jane, Betty, Frank, Bill, Mike, Deb, Rex, Paige, Carolyn, Sherry, John, Jeff, Althea, Dave, Nancy, Don, Mark, Swana, Doug, Jen, Matt, Pearl, Tina, Larry, Fergus, Allen, Melanie, Jim, Cline and on and on and on…by God’s grace, Who, judging from the numbers of such loving people He brought to me, surely knew I need lots of help. Amen, Lord! Thank you for each of your beloved servants who for some unknown reason took the time and the trouble to share Your love with me.
To all of you…the ones whose names I wrote above and the many, many more whose names, along with those above, are written in my heart…I dedicate these words (the author is unknown to me)…
Did you know you were brave,
Did you know you were strong?
Did you know there was one leaning hard?
Did you know that I waited and listened and prayed,
And was cheered by your simplest word?
Did you know that I longed for that smile on your face,
For the sound of your voice ringing true?
Did you know I grew stronger and better because
I had merely touched shoulders with you?
Tell me…did you ever dream God could bless you so in the dear relationships of your life? If you have the time…if you think you could put one of your stories into words…write it here for me…for us. But if you don’t have time to do that, would you speak your thanks to Father God for some special friendgift He has given you? I love you…but God loved you enough to pick out all the precious people of your life and introduce you to each other. Our Father is something else!