God blessed me yesterday, through two older gentlemen.
The first conversation, happened before church.
I had asked to hear an older gentlemen’s testimony.
It is stunning and I was reminded that God has not changed, He is the same God I read about in the scriptures.
God’s faithfulness and compassion are incredible!
One thing he said has stayed in my heart.
“Although, I didn’t know God, I can look back and see how He was with me all the time.”
The second conversation happened after church.
A gentleman I’ve not met before, who was visiting our church, came to speak with me about how my joining in worship through ASL was truly a blessing.
We talked about several things, including the fact that many years ago he was a worship leader and had a lady who signed ASL as part of the worship team.
He talked about how moving the words in ASL are and I showed him one of my favorite signs, one that always touches my heart, which is the sign for crucified.
His eyes grew moist as he watched me sign the word.
Then he asked, “How did you come to learn sign?”
“Oh! That’s a long story, but I’ll try to keep it short.”
I told him it began with our son, who has a communications disorder, we learned the alphabet in ASL first and then in English.
I talked to him about our oldest daughter getting a coffee and ending up joining a Deaf Bible Study and how she taught us a good deal of sign.
Then, I explained about being given the wrong medication and my immune system crashing, my asthma and allergies being diagnosed, and the loss of voice.
He was leaning forward, face lined with concern and asked, “When did you start speaking again?”
My broad smile nearly kept me from being able to respond.
“Palm Sunday, I was prayed for here in this church. I’ve been speaking ever since. Although, I still lose my voice now and then it’s not as often and doesn’t last as long.”
His eyes grew moist again.
“That’s right! I heard about that! My son told me, ‘There’s a lady and her family, new to our church. Her name is Hope…'”
He stopped talking and just gripped my hand.
“I came over here to tell you what a blessing your signing is and I was the one blessed by this terrific story! Thank you for sharing it with me.”
He hugged me and returned to his family.
But he left behind a blessing.
Both these older gentlemen and their conversations were gifts from God.
They reminded me that it’s a privilege to share and hear about what God has done.
They reminded me that God uses things we never expect Him to.
Their words, feelings, and openness are the fruit of God’s faithfulness to each one of us, which reminded me of the goodness of God.
These two men love Jesus and they know He loves them, thus both were quick to share that love with me.
I praise God for His blessings and for people who love God and love others.
Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV — Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your blessings. Lord Jesus, please bless both those gentlemen who You used to bless me. Please watch over them, guide and direct them as they walk daily with You. Lord, please continue to help me shine You to those around me, to live and love as You do. Lord, I want people to look at me and see You. Thank You for all You have done and are doing in my life. May my life bring glory to Your name. Amen.