Strong and Fearless
I love to spend time with old friends and catch up on what’s happening in their lives. A few weeks ago I got together with two of my dearest friends. We first met in the 7th grade and instantly became best friends. Through the years one of them moved around to different states, but we always stayed connected. Now, 52 years later, even though we had not seen each other for 3 years, we still giggled and talked as if we lived next door. Not little girls anymore, but instead women who knew the faithfulness of God.
We lost track of time and before we knew it, night had snuck up on us. As we said our goodbyes I hugged my long-distance friend a little tighter. She is a widow for the second time and has developed a palsy of some type, so her head and hands shake and she looked like the most fragile of us three.
It was hard to see her like this, because I remember her as the tough one of us, riding and training horses as a young girl. Back then she always seemed so strong and somewhat fearless to me. Now, looking into her eyes, I realized she hadn't changed all that much; she was still a strong, fearless woman. Even though she lived alone and was dealing with her physical weakness, she was still strong in spirit, a positive and caring person, rescuing abused and abandoned animals.
She didn't want us to see her as a fragile person. She said with a smile and sense of accomplishment, "I'm now learning to eat with my left hand, because the right hand shakes too much." She wasn't embarrassed or awkward about it, and I found myself challenged by her openness, and ability to focus on what she could do, not on what she can no longer do.
"In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
and made me bold with strength in my soul."
Father, thank you for reminding us once again that though the physical body may weaken, or we may face limitations in life's journey, our strength comes from You. As we spend time with You and read Your Words of life, our mind is renewed and even our attitude changes to gratitude.
Blessings, Pastor Judy