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Touched by Our Infirmities

If you listen, if you heed the signs, God will interrupt your plans for you and redirect your world to accomplish His purpose in the life of another.

I had only intended to stay for a minute, leave my gift for her and go home to my world.  I didn’t know her well.  I had been in her presence on two occasions.  I would be exaggerating to say I had spoken more than twenty-five words to her.  Yet she was home-bound after an operation.  She had been on my mind since Thursday.  I would go see her and bring her a gift.

Her lip as she tried to send me away to return to her bed was quivering; she was trying to hold back her tears.  I handed her the gift and boldly pushed past her into her living room as she stood there at the door leaning on her walker for support, and said to her, “Let’s pray.”

She spoke to me of her fear of being alone; her inability to do for herself and the fact that she had not eaten since the day before.

I spoke to her of the ability of Christ to heal, His ever-present presence and His incredible love for her and I fed her, making her comfortable in her bed and waiting with her until a family member could come.

It was not how I intended to spend a gorgeous and lovely Sunday afternoon.  Touched by her infirmity, God had other plans for me.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 3:5-6