Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Yesterday morning and then again today, as we began work, Gordon, one of our therapists, noticed a very unusual chair. It was designed to be used by a person with the use of only one arm–the left arm. If you turn just one wheel on a normal wheelchair, you go in circles. But this one has a long lever mechanism that is pumped by the one arm to move the chair forward.
About mid-morning, Francis arrived and was assigned to Gordon. Francis was injured in a work accident. His legs are permanently damaged and one arm is missing. You guessed it–the right arm.
Some time in the past, probably before we even thought of going to Cameroon with wheelchairs, this chair was manufactured for use by a person we don’t know. After a while, that person was finished with the chair, we don’t know why. It was donated to Joni and Friends and renovated in a prison workshop.
When a container was being filled with chairs for this mission, we had no idea which people we would see or what kind of chairs they would need. So the assortment of chairs is totally random–by human standards.
But nothing is random with our sovereign God. God knows Francis and the chair he needed. God was preparing a chair for Francis long before today.
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