Thank You to a Joyful Stranger

I was almost to the lobby doors of the medical center when I heard a voice speaking. At first I didn’t know they were speaking to me. My head was wrapped up in the pain I was feeling from the area where they removed the stitches. Then the voice asked, “Right?, young lady.”

I turned to see an older woman sitting on one of the benches. I approached her and apologized for not hearing what she said.  She repeated it –

“Can you believe I fell two weeks ago and I am almost healed already?”  She gestured to her arm which was badly bruised. “I am 88 years old and I am ready to go meet Jesus. I thought I was going to when I fell, but I guess Jesus has more work for me to do here.”

This woman’s face was filled with the brightness of joy as she told me this story. She continued on with how she wondered what else she could do for Him and then, finally, closed the conversation with a blessing on me and my day.

woman sitting on table with flower and vase
Photo by Luizmedeirosph on

I was almost too distracted by my own pain that I almost missed an opportunity to hear this woman’s story, to be touched by the joy she exuded, and to witness honest and sincere love for the Lord.

She doesn’t know this, but she continued doing work for the Lord just by having that conversation with me. She reminded me of 1 Peter 1:8:  “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,”

She had that glorious joy and I don’t know about you, but I want to be the person who others witness this joy in.

So, beautiful lady, where every you are, thank you.

Published by raelynpracht

Writer. Reader. Lifetime Learner. Follower of Christ.

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