My husband and I did a weekend Marriage Event at a church a few years ago, combined with him preaching a series of messages through the following week. In the first service, I noticed a young woman who was intently listening. She leaned into the message, like she didn’t want to miss one crumb that might fall to the floor, wanted to gobble up every bit of truth that came from the Word that day. I was impressed.
I love hungry-hearted women.
When I first saw Aimee in the service that day, I didn’t realize that she was actually related to my daughter-in-law. Later, I had the joy and opportunity to travel to her home (with my daughter-in-law) to get better acquainted with her. Aimee is an unusual young woman. Her love for God hasn’t been depleted by her physical circumstances, instead her heart for Him seems to have deepened.
You see, Aimee is a paraplegic.
Aimee suffered injuries from a car wreck that could’ve taken her life as a young woman. Right at the season when most young women are caught up in the world of dating, preparing for marriage, living a care-free life, and beginning early adulthood, Aimee’s life took a drastic turn.
Aimee would never have another “care-free” day again.
This was not the way Aimee would’ve scripted her life. Her days are often filled with battling physical illness and complications due to life in a wheelchair. She needs assistance for the simplest tasks that we take for granted. She lives with the constant reminder of her loss, and yet, in the hours we visited, as I asked deeply personal questions, I never once heard her question God’s goodness. Instead, Aimee only expressed a love for Him and desire to honor Him with her life.
Aimee doesn’t allow a wheelchair to impede her ministry to others.
If you follow Aimee’s Facebook page, she is faithfully sending out prayer requests for others. She is her church’s best marketing source as she sends out invitations and reminders to the community letting everyone know what is happening at the church and how they can get involved. Aimee isn’t focused on her own pain, but her eyes are set on Christ and His work.
Visiting with Aimee was a true joy for me. Her life testifies to the grace of God at work and the value of cherishing Him through the deepest loss. And I’m sure He is brought great pleasure as He watches her beaming face while she leans in to hear the Word and gobbles up every speck of truth during the services at her church.
Do you know an Aimee? Do you know someone who has suffered deep loss that affects them on a daily basis? The difference I’ve noticed between those who suffer in Christ and those who face suffering without Him is: deep joy. There is an abiding joy and peace that comes from the knowledge that God is good and He can be trusted.
And that kind of joy brings God great glory.
[box]You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isa. 26:3)[/box]
[box]You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Ps. 16:11)[/box]
Are you experiencing joy?
Are you allowing what you know of God to keep you in perfect peace—even as you walk the road of suffering?