Wednesday, August 12, 2009

more than just an accessory

Isn't this a neat bracelet? It proclaims the words of Hebrews 13:5, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." Wow! What a promise!
Last September, my sweet friend Lorrie stopped me in church, and said, "Come here. I want to give you something."
She pulled me aside, and openend up a box that contained the above bracelet. She said, "I want you to have this bracelet."
Of course, I was touched by her thoughtfulness, but then she went on, "This is not just any bracelet. This is MY bracelet. You see, I bought this bracelet for myself when I was going through a very difficult time. I needed a reminder from the Lord that He was present with me. I wore it, and I LOVED it. Then, one Sunday morning as I was sitting in Sunday School, listening to my friend, Rosemary, announce that she had breast cancer, I felt the Lord nudge me,
'Lorrie, give her your bracelet.'
'No, I'll buy her one of her own. She won't want this used bracelet.'
Again, I felt the Lord pushing me, 'Lorrie, I don't want you to buy her a new one. I want you to take off that bracelet and give it to her.'
Though I was reluctant to do so, I followed God's leading and gave my bracelet to Rosemary. Rosemary wore it every single day and she LOVED it! Then, Rosemary heard about you and your cancer diagnosis. She, too, felt the Lord prompting her, 'Rosemary, give Lindsey the bracelet.'
Like me, Rosemary wanted to keep the bracelet for herself, but God had other plans. So, she came to me and said, 'Lorrie, I think we need to give the bracelet to Lindsey.'
I agreed, so I took the bracelet, and now I'm giving it to you."
By this time, I was pouring tears. I had only received my cancer diagnosis a week before this encounter, and I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed, as I had no idea what was on the horizon.
Like the other two women, I've worn that bracelet every single day since receiving it. Then, God gave me the nudge yesterday to send it to my friend who is beginning chemo on Friday. I told her the bracelet's story, and I said, "So far, this bracelet has made it victoriously through 12 rounds of chemo, certainly it can make it through a few more. Then, when you no longer need that constant reminder of God's presence, pass it on to a woman who needs it more than you."
Don't you just love the way the Lord works through ordinary things?


the undomesticated wife said...

I absolutely love this story! What a great way to encourage other people who are having a tough time in their lives. It's like the light of the Lord being passed around.

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is such a neat, touching story! You never know how God is going to work in our lives.

Amber said...

That is wonderfully awesome. What sweet women of the Lord you are to encourage one another in such a way. I love it.

podso said...

So encouraging of you, and your friends. The story can be passed around just like the bracelet, seasoned with prayer. Enjoyed your great vacation photos!

Whitney said...

I love it! Who knows where that sweet bracelet will be years and years from now. That's awesome to think about.

one of nettie's girls said...

I hope that there is a journal being passed on with the bracelet so each woman can write a little of her story. It would be great to keep track of it over the years. Great story and concept.