Yesterday, I got stuck in the mud. I mean this quite literally, but perhaps you know just what I mean figuratively. Do you remember that old song with the line about “Sunshine makes me happy.” Well, melting snow does that for me! It does make me happy, but it also means that there will be mud and unfortunately, it is also quite likely that I am going to get stuck in it. I have now cleaned my wheelchair up to the best of my ability, but what I need most is a puddle of water. Just like a duck, I need to roll through the water. Actually, it would be an even greater thing if I could roll through the living water of Jesus. That’s what I need – His living water.
My husband dropped me off at the local gym on his way to work yesterday. It’s a short distance from our house and I intended to take myself home.
I thought the snow in our area had melted and I left the gym. And then , I quickly encountered my first obstacle.
There is this paved path that I intended to get on, but they had piled the snow up there. The remaining snow was right in the middle of the curb cut, and I was unable to access the path.
I sat there for a minute or two and considered getting on the nearby road, but it was still morning drive time and it is heavily traveled. Just then, a gentleman in his car stopped and asked if he could help me.
I have learned over time, when someone offers assistance, I grab it! I told him that I couldn’t access the curb cut because of the snow and asked him if he could kick the snow out of my way.
Thankfully, he said yes! He stopped his car and got out with a small ice scraper in his hand.
At exactly that moment, a lady stopped and said, “I actually have a snow shovel in my car” and she handed him the shovel. He went right to work and began shoveling the snow out of the curb cut.
The gentleman helping me said he had been a boy scout. I would guess that he had to be in his late fifties and I jokingly asked him how long it had been since he had got to serve as a boy scout? He looked up at me and just smiled!
After he had shoveled the last bit of snow away, I got onto the path, thanked both of them, and took off.
I had no problem traveling on the small path that goes along the city street, but as I came into the parking lot of a local hospital, the path ends.
I have to traverse a small patch of ground. Because of the melting snow, that ground was now mud. And that was when I encountered my second obstacle for the morning.
I got stuck in the mud.
I was sitting right by the side of the road thinking to myself, “OK, what am I going to do now” when a hospital security officer stopped and asked me if I was stuck! Seems funny now, but not so much then.☺
But he radioed for another officer and when he arrived, they pushed my chair onto dry pavement. With that, I was able to get on the parking lot and I went on home.
I am a believer in Christ and my faith makes me trust that Jesus brought each person that helped me to my aid. I am so glad that I have come to know the Lord. I am also grateful that Jesus Christ is the living water in my life.
If you are still searching for something more, I suggest you go to a nearby church and begin to learn about Jesus. Or, you can read God’s love letter to each of us – the Bible. The book of John is a great place to begin.
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