Yesterday, while waiting for our car at the valet (Hilton Grand Vacations in Las Vegas) I saw a man and woman arrive. He was along in years and she seemed older. Maybe his mother. I really couldn’t tell. He got out of the mid-sized pick-up and got the wheel chair out for her. It was one of the long term chairs. It could not be operated by the occupant. (no big back wheel)
My brain decided to try and guess what the occupant would be like, but could not have built the actual scene. He weighed about one hundred pounds and was small. He reached in and picked her up out of the truck and put her in the chair. If I had a guess, she was near the century mark in age. She was very small and frail. She had limited use of her extremities and may have been seventy or so pounds in weight.
It was clear that he had placed her in this chair countless times. It was one easy motion. This was a bit surprising because he was so small himself.
My guess is that they were visiting relatives for the holidays. (like us) He turned her around and I made eye contact with her. I gave a little wave and a smile. She returned a really nice smile.
I had one of those shuddering emotion moments and could have fallen on my knees to pray, cry, or both. It took several guy points to keep some composure. I have always been emotional, but more now in my older years.
There were so many observations here…….
- There, even with the discomfort, pain, frustration of immobility, and a century of life, was a place for a giving smile.
- There was a man (whatever relation) who loved this woman and cared to get her out to see family and remain a part of the world.
- There was an old soul who has seen so much, and has yet to quit.
I see so many who give up once their physical life is altered. Guess what? Age and gravity do that. I hope I can remember this incident when I feel stiff, sore, or tired. I should be blessed to live so long and still have my wits about me.
Also awakening, I thought how she didn’t have much time left. Then reminded myself that I might not be here in fifteen minutes.
The Bible warns us about being prepared for that time because it comes like a thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Whether we are young and starting out in life’s adventure, or seeking what to do in retirement, we should make ready for what lies beyond.
I hear people say that “A loving God would not punish anyone eternally.” He clearly wants no one to perish.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is long suffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Our Great God has made provisions for each of us to be set for eternity with Him. He calls us to repent and bind ourselves to the blood of His Son so we can enjoy the benefits of adopted children with inheritance. (
Ephesians 3:6 to wit, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
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