Saturday, June 03, 2006
Weaknesses should help us to remember our need for God.
I can't get the image out of my head.
Thursday Pilot Dad and I were running a couple of errands. We were stopped at a red light, in the center lane. We watched as a guy in a wheel chair, with only one workable arm, wheeled himself across the street and then crossed over the street we were on. I could not tell if he had amputated legs or just legs that didn't work. We were too far away. Picture in your mind if you will. He begins crossing by wheeling his chair with his left arm pushing on the left wheel. He does this rapidly about three times then immediately crosses his left arm across his body to push the right wheel about twice, to keep his chair going in a fairly straight direction. Then he quickly brings his left arm back to the left wheel...and repeats the whole process. It was quite slow for him and he weaved somewhat but on the whole he did it very well.
Our hearts broke for him as we watched him labor to cross the two streets. I imagine he is on very limited funds and so cannot afford an electric wheel chair. Our thoughts turned toward his spiritual condition, wondering if he knew the Lord? I thought about the cortisone injection I had in my knee on Wednesday which made all the difference in my ability to walk. There, but for the grace of God, go I.
Why was he having to go it alone? Did he have any friends? Where was he going? How long in his life has he had to get around with only one arm to push his wheel chair? So many questions without any answers.