By Caren Nicholson, Leadership Team
I had just finished my shift at the hospital and was on my way home one beautiful summer day. I turned on Gramsie and noticed a couple of girls riding their bikes down the hill. All of a sudden, one of the girls did a summersault over her handlebars and landed on the ground. I thought to myself, “Oh my goodness, I have to stop and help”.
I learned the girls’ names were Elizabeth and Ella. As I was assessing Elizabeth, she told me she couldn’t move her arm. “Ahh, I said, I bet you broke your collar bone.” I stayed with the girls while we waited for her mother. Through the confusion of how to get the girls and bikes home, my name and phone number was given. A few days later, Elizabeth’s mother called me to thank me again for helping the girls and gave me an update on her daughter. She indeed had a broken collar bone. Then she said, “Caren, your name sounded familiar to me. I know your sister-in-law and we prayed for you and John.”
This statement stopped me in my tracks. You see I was still in the middle of grieving the loss of my husband a couple of years earlier. I doubted if God even existed or that he is who he says he is. I considered myself a mature Christian prior to my husband’s illness, but here I was on the edge of walking away from God and faith.
What are the chances of a helping a complete stranger and it turns out they prayed for me? What is the lesson here? What are you trying to tell me?
Finding my way back to the Lord has been a long journey. In a nutshell, my bike story showed I was not abandoned by God as I previously thought. I discovered God’s abounding love in a way I have never experienced before. He offered his grace to me and I accepted it. That was the key…
I think of all the people that have walked away from God because he didn’t meet their expectations. He didn’t do what they wanted. Or maybe the church failed? The Bible says our pain is not wasted. That is my hope, and I pray God would use me to help someone see Him when they thought they were abandoned.