Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Amazing and Wonderful and Full of Surprises

Life is amazing and wonderful and God puts amazing and wonderful people in our lives to help us remember that.  Yesterday afternoon I spent some time and some coffee with a man and his wife.  This man is 71 years old and has cerebral palsy.  He also has a masters degree in computer science, went to Oklahoma State University (my family will be excited about that) and Purdue University, has two children, worked for TI for almost 30 years and best of all, loves God and wants to share his story with anyone that wants to listen.

We spent about an hour together.  He told me about his life and teared up a few times when talking about his mother and how she never gave up on him and never let anyone tell him he couldn't do something.  I love the story about his mother calling the school and insisting he be permitted to take drivers' education when they said he would not be able to drive.  He was allowed to take the class and got his driver's license!  And there was the story of the high school counselor that said he shouldn't go to college because he wouldn't be able to do it and how he now wishes he had gone back to this counselor and showed her his college degrees.  I love his advice on assessing Grace's talents and optimizing them.  I covet his advice on NEVER letting anyone limit her abilities.

I was introduced to this man by a friend that heard his testimony at her church.  What I didn't know is that I had actually seen this man before in 2011 here!!!  Thank you my friend for bringing this man back into my life and thank you God that life is so amazing and wonderful and full of surprises.

Next time I get to talk with my new friend, I will take a photo of us to share and I hope that he and Grace get to met very soon.

Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we'll skip and dance all the day long. Psalm 91:14


Anonymous said...

So thrilled you were able to meet. I think it is so amazing that you ran into him years before - God knew you needed another opportunity with that amazing man. Very cool.

Casey Erickson said...

I don't know what that crazy username was all about. . . . guess I'm not smart enough to comment on your blog. Anyway, that last comment was me. Hopefully you can see my name this time.

GreenGirl said...

Love to hear about those seeds of inspiring words!