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Monday, May 15, 2017
When We Call Upon God by Claudia Loopstra
Have you ever
experienced an answer to prayer whereby God gives you an additional measure of
His grace? Nothing can fill your heart more with pure Christian joy when this
My friend, Carol Ford,
and I had booked to go to a dinner theatre in Fort Meyers on the Saturday
before she headed back to Canada from her visit with me in Florida. By
the time I made the reservation, there were only two seats left. I was told we
would be sharing a table with six others. Mmm.
I booked it.
It had been an
inspiring and exhilarating ten days as we read the bible, did devotions and
spent time on our respective writing projects.
Saturday morning, we did our devotions and prayed. At the end of my prayer, I made this request,
“Lord, please, when we sit with strangers tonight, may they be kind people.”
That evening we arrived
at the theatre and were seated with four others. Two people hadn’t yet arrived.
We sat down across from one another at the far end of the table and left two
seats vacant on either side of us. An envelope had been placed near us with the
names Joanne and Mike written on what looked to be envelope that contained a
A short time later, two elderly people were escorted
to our table by the server. The older woman looked anxious. The older man was
holding her hand as she directed him to the table. After we introduced ourselves,
the woman spoke.
“My husband is
blind. I will need to sit beside him so I can cut up his food.” Carol immediately
rose up from her seat, came over and sat beside me.
“Thank you…thank you.
My name is Joanne and this is my husband, Mike. We’re celebrating our 63rd
wedding anniversary.”Carol handed her the envelope and Joanne
smiled as she leaned over to read the card to her husband.
Over the course of the
next thirty minutes, we chatted. Mike told us that he had a rare disease that
had rendered him blind as an adult. Married to Joanne at the time, she became
his caregiver. Throughout our conversation, I marvelled at the positive
attitude that both Mike and his wife exhibited.
whether or not if I would have maintained the same positive outlook on life
that Mike exhibited if I had I become blind.Two months prior, I’d had a mini-stroke and was left with double vision
in one eye. My condition lasted seven weeks. At the time, I felt much gratitude
for the prayers that were prayed on my behalf.I felt the prayers had taken the worry away and an acceptance of God’s
will filled me with peace.
After they finished
dinner, I walked with Joanne to the dessert table. It was then I asked her what
gave her strength as she took care of Mike.
“I say my prayers
everyday…that’s what keeps me going.”
As we said our
“good-byes” to Mike and Joanne after the performance, Joanne thanked us for
being such kind people. Mike nodded
in agreement. It was a humbling moment.
The following day, I reflected on the
highlight of the evening. Although, the musical had been enjoyable, the
highlight had been meeting Joanne and Mike.
Later on, I recalled the prayer I had said the
previous morning regarding kind
people. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to God for reminding me what I needed to remember.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness …Gal. 5:22
Claudia Loopstra is a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight.
She is the author of Redemptive Love: Living With an Alcoholic Father and co-author of As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers and Speakers.