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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: In God’s waiting room…
By Maggie Tucker
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She had been given a vision from her Lord even before she had applied to the Board of St Andrewâ€™s Retirement Village for residency. The vision had foretold that she would live a long, healthy and fruitful life; that the Lord would open opportunities for her to minister to those around her; to those who were in desperate need of friendship, companionship and most importantly, of inner healing. The vision had also stressed that the work she was to do was the Lordâ€™s, and not hers. She was to be herself and be willing to be used as a vessel for what He wanted to do in the lives of those who would come into her life; with the people who would come through the doors of St Andrewâ€™s. With this assurance, she gladly and excitedly applied for residency at St Andrewâ€™s. Often she would sit in her room and marvel at the people who God had brought through the door; some were residents but many were their family and friends. When she was first given the vision, her immediate thought was of the residents-to-be. But time had shown that Godâ€™s vision was infinitely larger than that. What of their family and friends who came to visit? God soon showed her that these special people were in need of His love as much as the residents and her task was to follow His leading. They came from all walks of life. Some had climbed the corporate ladder to the top; others had found themselves stuck part way up; and others hadnâ€™t even got a foothold on the bottom step. St Andrewâ€™s policy was that they accepted people from all walks of life and from all denominational backgrounds. Their only stipulation was that St Andrewâ€™s was a Christian Retirement Village and would be run according to Christian principles. Their policy had also made provision for a small number of beds for those who could not otherwise afford them and it was this aspect of St Andrewâ€™s that had won the heart of Bella 33 years ago.
Bella had lost count of the friends sheâ€™d made; of the funerals sheâ€™d attended. However, God was faithful to her; and she in turn, was faithful to Him. He used all of her lifeâ€™s experiences; both the good and the bad to minister to others. Oh! She had her own share of tragedies and times of despair; sheâ€™d had her heart broken so many times that each time she felt she couldnâ€™t bear to go on living one more day. And yet God had provided for her every need. The pains had subsided over the decades but the memories lingered. She had promised God that she would use all of these experiences for His glory and he accepted her offer. She was as much a part of the institution as the furniture itself. Funnily enough, she had been there longer than the furniture, for the whole Village had been upgraded 5 years ago, something which often made her smile and laugh. Bella had an abundance of joy and peace; as well as a zest for life, combined with a wicked sense of humor. It was these qualities that drew others to her, like a magnet. People loved Bella and Bella loved people. She had been born to be with people and even in her twilight years God was using this special love that He had given her, to help bring His people to Himself.
One question that never left Bellaâ€™s lips was â€śWhat is the purpose of my lifeâ€ť. Bella knew only too well the purpose of why she was at St Andrewâ€™s, of why she had been granted a long, healthy life; of why she had experienced such tragedy and grief; of why she had also loved until her heart was bursting at the seams. The only question that Bella had was â€śWhen would He take her home?â€ť
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