One of the greatest joy in life is meeting new people. Sometimes you meet someone that becomes a life long friend, or you’re introduced to a person that can provide a service for you, while others may be acquaintances, it doesn’t matter what kind of relationship you have, every relationship is unique and special.
On a hot August day, I arrived at Vikkie’s home for Bible study. Vickie and I had been studying together for the past seven months and had become friends. As I walked up, Vikkie said: ”Karen, this is my neighbor Ann-Marie, she is interested in doing Bible studies with you.” ”Praise God,” I replied. Ann-Marie immediately started sharing her believes and threw in a few questions, before I could answer her, she began telling me what she thought the answers were to the questions she asked. I could hear the desperation in her voice and see the hunger in her eyes to know Jesus Christ. We set a time for the next week to start our studies. When that day arrived, Ann-Marie was not so energetic she was pale and in lots of pain.
Ann-Marie had multiple health issues and was going to U.C.S.F. for surgery in a few weeks. She wanted to learn as much as she could about Jesus. The studies were designed for one lesson a week for twenty-six weeks. When I arrived at her home each week, it never seemed to amaze me how much she had accomplished. Even though she was nauseous, fatigued, and in severe pain, Ann-Marie completed three to five studies weekly. She had her surgery in October and was still in the hospital in December for Christmas. In late January, she was discharged to go home. She didn’t have a home, so motel 6 became her home until she died a few months later. I shared this story with you because God places people in our lives for a reason. Sometimes they are short time frames that we don’t understand. I thank God for blessing my life with Ann-Marie. It was just a speck of time to share on earth, but we have eternity to look forward to, my sister in Christ, Ann-Marie.