Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Anna

Bruce is back in the hospital, and it's hard to be thankful.  It's hard to see God's hand in this; easier far to say, "Why Lord?"  But how can I question God when He has always been so faithful?

We didn't have any answers in 2005 when God led us to the run down building on 4th and 17th st. W.  either, but we do now.  He had plenty of reasons, and number one on the list had to be Anna.

We hadn't even finished unpacking when we first met Anna and Wilbur.  I was outside most of the time turning the weed patch into a garden, and they stopped by to introduce themselves.  They didn't have a car but went almost everywhere on their scooters.  At least they did in Summer.  Winter was a different story, and I soon learned that they were often stranded at home in winter.

Wilbur was OK with that, but Anna needed to get out.  I offered to take her shopping whenever I went, and it was the best decision I could have made.

On our first shopping trip together I had only a few items to buy.  The main thing was dishwasher soap, but when I picked up Anna, she handed me a bag containing three bottles of dishwasher soap that she had and couldn't use.  She was tickled to find out that she had brought me exactly what I needed.

We talked about the way God moves.  She was raised Catholic and loved "the good Lord" as she called him but had very little knowledge of what the Bible said.

After about the third shopping trip, she was enjoying our conversations to the point of wanting to know what the "Good Book" said.  She had one packed away somewhere and decided to get it out and start reading.  She felt that a book should be read from beginning to end and that is what she proceeded to do.

Before long we were having Bible studies in her home.  She read her Bible from cover to cover and loved every word of it.  She talked to God and knew she was His child.

One day while we were shopping she had a heart attack, and we almost lost her.  During her time in the hospital she decided she didn't want to wait any longer to be baptized.  Her infant baptism had not been her choice.  This was.  A few days later, March 8, 2006, Bruce baptized her at the Days Inn.

God loved Anna, and knew she needed neighbors whom He could work through. The Lord's hand was in our move to that neighborhood.

His hand is also in Bruce's stay in the hospital.  We just need to be open to His leading.

For the previous post see:  Selling

4 comments:

  1. Wow Carol! What a blessing! I KNOW God was and is still smiling about Anna! Wow! You have been and still are a wonderful blessing from God to all around you and far away too!

    I'll be praying for you and Bruce! I love that I get to be friends with someone who I'm sure will hear, "Well done thou good and faithful servant!"

    Love in Christ,
    Kim

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  2. Kim, thank you for being so wonderful, but, believe me, I am no super hero. I mess up a lot. These posts of victories in the past are often as much to remind me, when my faith is week, as they are to encourage others.

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  3. That's great Carol! None of us are perfect - for sure - but these true stories are very encouraging to my faith too! (: Thanks for posting! Keep up the great writing!

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  4. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)

    ~Ron

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