Jennifer Kay Lewis
WHAT GOES AROUND … COMES AROUND
In January 2013, I wrote the following letter to my former employers and the owners of a small chiropractic business. From 2001-2002, while I was going through a very deep, dark valley in my life, they helped guide me to see the that the top of the mountain was within my reach. My heartfelt letter was offered in simple gratitude.
Dearest Dr. M. and Barb,
It was December 24, 2012 when I needed to come and see Dr. M. (earlier in the month I had fallen-off a ladder and as he ‘examined’ me, he decided an X-ray was in order and he made another follow-up appointment for Monday, Jan, 7th, 2013.)
On January 6th, Linda called me to ‘inform’ me Dr. Miller had passed. (she said it had been in paper, but I explained “I do not get the local paper – so I didn’t know. (NEEDLESS TO SAY, I was in ‘shock.’)
(I’ve Always been ‘encouraged’ w/ Dr. Miller’s knowledge and desire to ‘keep current’ w/ changing medical knowledge/treatment(s). In short- I KNEW I could ‘Trust’ Him and felt he truly cared about me as a patient, and from a closer ‘personal’ perspective because I had worked with Both of you.
Seeing Dr. Miller again, prompted me to want to write a letter I hoped he would be able to read. But, as ‘unknown’ crucial time would unravel itself, that never happened soon enough. Yet, after much ‘reflective’ thought and Prayer, I still hope somehow this letter will help you ‘cope’ in knowing you TWO touched my life when I Really NEEDED some compassion and loving guidance.
During a most ‘traumatic’ year for me, you Both nurtured me like a ‘child’ with a ‘broken leg.’ My Heart was Severely Broken and Shattered into Ragged Pieces and YOU Both were there to help me mend.
Never once did you give-up on me. Looking back, now I see how ‘difficult’ I must have made things for you guys. (my life was a real ‘mess’ and I honestly don’t know how you dealt w/ it. But, God led you to ‘take care of me and ‘guide me’ back into the world. As you so eloquently put it Barb, “as I was ready to ‘fly”, you two let go. God ‘Bless You for taking me into your World and for patiently waiting while I was trying to put things back together.
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As you’ll easily remember – I was living in a constant ‘emotional turmoil.’ (as my life kept crumbling in chaos and was falling apart in shattered upheaval. Still, you and Dr. Miller remained steadfast and tried to guide me and ‘help me’ as much as you could.
(ironically, this similarity also makes me realize how I ‘helped’ 31 Precious, Lovely, INNOCENT Foster children when they needed someone to come-along beside them and offer a ‘supportive hand’ with genuine Caring and Gentleness.
We NEVER know what time will bring to us. All we can do is “turn to and rely on the One True God. “Let Go … And Let God!!” My Favorite Jeremiah 29:11 Scripture brings me Comfort: “FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU – Declares The Lord … “PLANS TO PROSPER YOU NOT TO HARM YOU … “PLANS TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE.”
(I have been doing my utmost to build a personal ‘ministry’ based on this Scripture.)
GOD’S Desire For Us Is To Become More And More Christ-like. As we learn to ‘Trust God to Lead Us – We Never Know when we might be able to Positively Influence another.
“Cherish the days Ahead of You and keep “Thanking God for the things You DO Have!
“I Love You!”
GROWING IN CHRIST,
Jennifer K. Lewis
MORAL OF STORY:
Never, NEVER underestimate the ‘impact’ you are having on someone’s’ life.
It’s Never too late to say “THANK YOU!” (you don’t know how your ‘choice(s)’ to help someone just may, in turn, BLESS You!!!) remember the saying: “What Goes Around – Comes Around”.
God IS Judging the ‘motive’ and ‘intent’ of your Heart in Everything you do and say! EVERYTHING!!
Again, a person just never knows what this Earthly Life may bring, so living each day as it is our last – just keeps becoming more and more important.
Growing In Christ,