Wisdom from the aged
It rained cats and dogs all today but that didn't stop our faithful Dream Center volunteers from hitting the streets in North Baton Rouge. Even though our original plan got rained out we changed gears and took the opportunity to visit some of the elderly in the neighborhood. We sent teams to three different streets and spent time with some people that don't always have a lot of visitors. As always, I learned a great deal.
My team started out at Miss Martha's house. She's out of the hospital now but still not eating very well. She's having a problem with her electricity so she's got an extension cord running from the neighbor's house into her kitchen. Every time one of us stepped on the cord the lights went out. Despite the fact that she's chronically ill, doesn't have money for her medication and is borrowing power, she was as cheerful as ever. She told us how good God has been to her and that she knows He's going to make everything all right. She let us pray for her and then insisted on hugging all of us good-bye. She was so grateful that we took the time to come and visit her.
God continually amazes me. Truthfully, I didn't really want to do visitation as old folks kind of scare me a little. But as I sat there and listened, to Miss Martha, and then Mr. Lawrence and then Miss Gertrude, I began to realize the wisdom these precious people have to share. Not necessarily their experiences, but their faith; that assurance in God that has carried them through their eighty-odd years of life. I was encouraged, and humbled by their faith.
It was a great day. Once again, despite the rain, the Son shone through. All glory to God!