This past October I taught a workshop titled “Every Picture Tells a Story” at the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Louis. During the two classes, I met amazing veterans – one I will call Sally.
Fast forward to this week. The last few days brought me medical testing – CT scans, ultrasounds, and biopsies. By Friday afternoon I was spent.
Although Sally’s week was just as stressful as mine, she sent an email saying, “I’m going to say a special prayer for you, and will continue throughout the day.” That brought a smile to my face.
A friend of Sally’s gifted her a book,“Coffee with God”. She mentioned that I should pretend the book was called “Cappuccino with God” (because cappuccinos are my favorite coffee drink.)
The author, Sarah Arthur, reflects with God, prays and explores ways God transforms us through our regular routines in a 365-day devotional.
Sally mentioned the book was instrumental with her New Year’s resolutions – she quit smoking.
The devotional for January 10 was titled “PESSIMISM AND WOBBLE”
I won’t go into detail, but the bible verse that Sally cut and pasted in the email references Philippians 4:6 – “Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything.”
That sentence hit me like a ton of bricks. Not because I was unfamiliar with this bible verse, but because it was my daily creed. Whenever a friend is having trouble, I share this verse, recognizing it helps me through my trials.
I decided to go to Sarah Arthur’s website and read more about the book. I hopped onto her blog and noticed a comment she left on a particular day. That day just happened to be my birthday. Feeling like this was not a coincidence, but a ‘God thing’, I searched Amazon.com and ordered the book immediately.
The series of events from the minute I met Sally, all led up to yesterday afternoon. God’s plan was in motion long before I met her.
Here’s the string of events:
At the Missouri Writer’s Guild Conference three years ago, I met Deb Marshall from the Warrior Arts Alliance. Deb recommended I teach the “Every Picture Tells a Story” workshop at the VA Hospital. At the workshop I met Sally. The students asked hubby and I to return and teacher another class. Sally, hubby and I conversed after the workshop outside and joked about the parking situation. I gave her my business card. She emailed me. I emailed her. We kept a string of emails going.
Yesterday, her kind words and thoughtfulness lead to God’s plan. He reassures I’m in HIS care and grace.
My angel-messenger from above, Sally, despite her hectic life, took time to be caring, thoughtful, and positive. And isn’t that what we all should strive to do? EVERY DAY!
Thank you Sally for being there when I needed someone. I’ll try and heed the words from Philippians 4:6.
And by the way ‘Radish Lady’, you’re a fabulous writer!