Did you do that for me?

When I was first disabled, I was so angry at God.  Angry at Him for letting that happen to me.  When I was able-bodied, I did not even really know Him.  Although I am a believer today, I was not then.  After my brain hemorrhage, I thought it was the medical staff, particularly my doctors, which had saved my life.  I ceased to believe in any divine power.   While I had turned my back on God, He never left me.  And today, I can see His love for me in my friends that are a part of my life.  They are demonstrating His love through their actions.

Just this past weekend, I was asked to go to my church to help out with the gardening.  That is something I like and I am more than willing to help.

They had received a big shipment of bags of mulch and the goal was to spread the mulch out on the flower beds.  Not exactly something I would be great at for so many different reasons.

But one of the leaders of the project had asked me to attend and she said she had a job just for me.  So, I did go over on a beautiful early fall morning.

There were about twenty people there with bags of mulch strewn about all over the church grounds.  They were tearing open the bags and dumping the contents on the ground around the flower beds.

After the bags were emptied, they tossed them aside.  I was asked to go around, pick up, and dispose of the empty bags.

I knew I could do that and cheerfully started on my task.  However, I am no longer so mobile and bending over to pick up the discarded bags was difficult for me.

Photography by Kathleen

Photography by Kathleen

I mentioned to the leader that I wished I had my long-handled reacher at home and she exclaimed, “I have one in my car!”

And with that, she handed me the reacher and I was off.  I raced around the church grounds grabbing empty bags of mulch and then throwing them into the dumpster.

This was a job made for my powerchair and me.  I am so used to being excluded in our world, but at church, I am included and that means so much to me.

When I ask myself that rhetorical question, “Did you do that for me?”  The answer is Yes, I know He did!

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About Raeanne Woodman

Less than a month after my twenty -fifth birthday, I had a brain hemorrhage. I had two brain surgeries at that time. It saved my life, but it left me unable to walk or use my left hand. I have been a wheel-chair user since 1989, nearly half of my life. I have always considered myself very blessed and quite unique. I graduated from Ohio State and went on to be employed by the university for twelve years. I met another unique individual at my church and he and I were married seven years ago. With this blog, I want to tell you a little about myself and how I've learned to live in our world. I love to cook, albeit with my own adaptations. I also want to share some great user-friendly merchandise and deals with you. And I would also be blessed if you would share your great ideas with me. This blog promises to be mutually rewarding!
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