It is fantastic to be your best, because without knowing it, you may inspire others. Recently I experienced the worst day of my life when my twin daughters and I were struck by a hit and run driver. As I was in the hospital emergency room going back and forth from one daughter to the next I prayed and sucked up my tears and fears so I could take care of my daughters, get in touch with my husband and make the necessary arrangements for care. The hospital chaplain and social worker remarked more than once that I was strong, brave and handling the situation well. In fact, I wasn’t. I was holding in all kinds of fear, tears and apprehension. However, my girls needed mama in her super big girl panties. So, I sucked it all in and only let the world see the calm, the God in me.
Mary Mary “The God in Me”
Most people have heard the following story written by an anonymous writer
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking
along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed
across the sky. In each scene I
noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of
footprints, other times there were one
only. This bothered me because I
noticed that during the low periods of
my life, when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints,
so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk
with me always. But I have noticed
that during the most trying periods of
my life there has only been one set of
footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, have
you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen only
one set of footprints,
my child, is when I carried you.”
That story is what has been going on with me for the past week. I have been carried along the beach of life. I spent five nights and six days in the hospital rarely moving from my daughter’s bedside. When we arrived at the hospital she was not conscious and things did not look good. I prayed. I announced our status on social media and I prayed. People from all over my social networks and those of my friends prayed. I let God carry me on the beach of life.
My teenie bopper said she would not go to her Junior Prom because she was worried about her little sister in the hospital. She and I talked on the phone for about 20 minutes while I convinced her to go to the prom. I explained that she was on the prom committee, that she helped pick the theme for the prom and that she had to go, she deserved to go. Finally, I told her that if she did not go on her prom and send me photos to prove she had a good time, I would take away her phone for two weeks. The end result? She is a teenie bopper, so of course she went to she would not lose her phone.
Two days later, a nurse who had been in the room checking on my little one while the teenie bopper and I were talking said she was amazed at how I talked to my daughter. She liked how compassionate I had been, how comforting, how kind. She thought I did a great job and wished her mother talked with her the way I talked with the teenie bopper. When I got home from the hospital I asked the teenie bopper what we had been talking about, in an attempt to figure out what I was saying so I could use it again in the future. The teenie bopper said, “You just talked to me, you said the stuff you always say to make me feel better. You know that stuff you say.” What the teenie bopper and nurse didn’t know was that it was not me who had the words, it was the God in me.
As I deal with this recent tragedy and the months of doctor’s visits and rehabilitation appointments I will continue to put one foot in front of the other and to do my best for my family. There are people who are watching to see how I handle things. I know how I will handle them, with the grace of God. There will be many days when I will need God to carry me along the beach of life. In conclusion, it is important to put your best foot forward because without realizing it, you may be an inspiration to those around you. So, the question for you this fantastic day is, are you putting your best foot forward?