My Journey

My Journey
August 11, 2017
Anne Gilbert

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For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

On April 15, I moved into my new condo at LaSerena on the Key, exhausted but excited about this new road in my life that I was taking. On April 18, I fell on construction debris right outside my condo fracturing my tibia under my knee cap and damaging a tendon in my hand. Within seconds I went from a never stop, over energetic person to one who would be confined for months in my new condo in a wheelchair, walking on crutches and now finally after four months, able to walk with the help of a walker.

God did not cause me to fall but he has used my accident to show me what I had been missing in my life, and he has shown what others with similar handicaps must endure. He has opened my eyes to the lives of those who are destined to spend years or a lifetime in a wheelchair; what they cannot do, where they cannot go, what they cannot reach, and the loneliness that could be in their lives. He has taught me humility and compassion for the lives of others.

He has taught me to accept the kindness of others and to be patient. (I prayed for patience constantly.)

With the Barnabas mission, I used to deliver meals to the sick and needy almost daily but I was always in a hurry, too busy to stop and visit. He has taught me how important it is to not only stop and pray with the receiver but to spend some time with a fellow Christian.

He saw to it that I moved to a condo with people who would become like family and give me unimaginable help and love.

He brought me a companion in the form of a little dog one day before my accident; a little dog that has brought never failing visitors 3 times a day to walk him.

He encouraged many old friends and new friends to bring me so many meals.

I am humbled by the love of my God. I have many months ahead before I will be able to walk on my own, but I know God will be there every step with me.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of any kind because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and completely not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4

Anne Gilbert

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