Learning comes with every phase of life. Some tasks we learn once and they’re embedded into our muscle memory. Others need constant review. Once in a while we need refreshers, or we need to learn a new (and hopefully better) way of doing something.
Every summer I help design a course for the newest and youngest members of WorldVenture–the children of our newest missionaries. You might think we teach them about the country they will move to, the basics of the language they will hear most often, or how to survive in the jungle. While those are important things, that’s not our focus.
We don’t ignore learning about the part of the world these kids will inhabit, however the majority of our teaching is centered on God. The children learn about who God is and how he loves not only the whole world but also about how he loves and cares for each one of them. Throughout the week the kids do an exercise we call “God Sightings.”
Every day they’re supposed to look for things that only God could do, and then we make a list of them to post in the classroom. Some days they talk about flowers they saw or a sunset God painted. Other days the list specific answers to prayer. As the list grows so does their awareness of God’s activity in their lives.
Yesterday I had my own God sighting . . . but let me back up a little.
My Achilles tendon and ankle ligament surgery went well. The first week post-op pretty much drifted by as I relied on medication to get me past the pain. The first week also had two incidents of me falling because I’m really bad with crutches. After the second fall I got much more serious about finding a crutch alternative.
I’d seen people using rolling knee walkers. They looked more stable than the crutches. It also seemed like the knee walker would give me a bit more mobility in stores or at work. Both nurses I work with thought the knee walker was a great solution for me.
The nurse at my doctor’s office referred me to an orthopedic solutions company. The company called me, told me all their knee walkers were out, and informed me when one came in I could rent it for $100 a month. Oh, they also said insurance would not cover it.
The next day I talked to the nurse from the insurance company who I work with regularly. She thought the insurance company might cover the cost of renting the knee walker. She also suggested I contact the Assistance League of Denver. She informed me they lend medical equipment to those who need it. I promptly called the Assistance League and left a message.
Yesterday as I was eating breakfast the Assistance League of Denver called. The lady said, “This is so strange. We never have knee walkers, but we just had one donated yesterday. It’s yours if you can come and get it.” My parents and I finished breakfast and piled in the car to go get my new wheels.
As my Dad was inside filling out paperwork, the rental company called to tell me they had a walker I could rent. It was so nice to tell them I had found a different solution.
God’s fingerprints were all over this. He provided a top of the line knee walker for free. He orchestrated the order of the phone calls. He provided what I hadn’t even imagined was possible. He reminded me that he is keenly aware of the details of my life and that he has resources beyond my limited knowledge.
Each time I use my new walker, I will remember God’s goodness, care, and provision. I’m excited to keep looking for evidence of his involvement in my life.
Where have you seen God’s fingerprints?
blackboard photo courtesy of Steve Woods
rolling knee walker photo courtesy of the KneeWalkerShop.com
I’m participating in Faith Barista’s Faith Jam. Every week she’s asking other bloggers to “jam like musicians” on a faith related topic. Today’s post is my riff on the Christmas jam of “Unwrapping Jesus: Inspiring moments that fill you with God’s love, joy, peace, or hope.” If you’re interested in the notes others added to this Faith Jam, go check out her site and follow the links.)