“It’s better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
Okay, so the disclaimer is out there. I know the old sayin’ and yet, I’m going to tell the story anyways.
Seriously, this was one of those things that would
probably never have made my bucket list and yet I’m so very, very glad it did.
A year ago, I would have probably said, “No thank you.”
Intimidated by what they would think of me.
Questioning what to wear.
Afraid I would offend or cry and make a fool of myself or better yet,
ALL OF THE ABOVE.
(Seriously. Self, for the love of Pete PLEASE get over yourself. Y’all, I’m a mess more days than not. #truth)
But when my sweet, friend with a heart the size of Texas called a few weeks ago and asked, “Hey would you mind opening us in prayer on Saturday, August such and such?”
I replied, “Sure, I’d love to. You say when and where. Oh, and what’s it for??”
“It’s a biker’s benefit ride. A friend was recently paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.”
I feel certain my dear, friend shared more explicit details concerning the accident over the phone but my head and heart stopped at, paralyzed.
What word Lord, do I have to offer those who have suffered or are suffering in such a profound way? What would you have me say? What do they, the friends and family of this man need to hear from you? Lord, surely you have another who can offer more that I can?
I’m gonna be honest with you, The Lord and I wrestled over this one for days y’all.
Inadequate, yes. PLUS all of the synonyms for inadequate spelt in ALL CAPS is how I felt about this opportunity.
Still, Saturday arrived.
It was two hours before the ride was to start and I was still wrestling with God on how this was going to go down.
The boys and I had a lazy start to the day, each one taking their turn, cuddling with momma, when it hit.
“Hey boys will y’all do mom a favor today?”
One said yes without delay, the other asked, “What is it?”
“I need y’all to be my props today.”
“What’s a prop momma?”
“Support. I need y’all to be my smiling helpers, to stand on each side of me ,to keep me from falling. And…. I need you because I believe there will be somebody at this benefit that needs to see proof that God still hears and answers prayers.
Y’all are my living, breathing proof that God hears and answers prayers.”
“Okay momma, I’ll go as long as you don’t ask me to say anything.”
“Fair enough son, fair enough.”
An all time fav…
“I love the Lord because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, I will pray as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116:2
The kindness, generosity and hope for a friend that we observed Saturday, I pray we don’t forget.
Share with us if you have recently observed anything you hope you never forget??
PS…PRAISE REPORT- the man in the accident, just over a month ago was paralyzed from the neck down has since progressed and has regained the use of his arms.