There is an elderly lady in our congregation named Bea. Her health is not good and she lives in a nursing home. My husband, her Pastor, loves his visits to Bea because she is always cheerful, positive and thankful. According to Bea, the caregivers are so kind to her; her children and grandchildren visit often; she has a prayer partner in another state whom she has never met who calls her, sends cards and prays faithfully; she has a loving church family. Bea says she has so many reasons to thank God.
Did Bea have an easy life? Not especially. She didn’t finish school because she married very young. She raised a large family. Her first husband died fairly young. Her second husband also predeceased her. Yet Bea tells my husband she is thankful to have had two good men in her life. She has been in and out of the hospital due to pneumonia, but when asked how she feels, she believes that each day she is getting a little better.
Bea is not blessed in the eyes of the world. She is old and ill; she had no high powered career; she is not rich or famous. Yet of all the people I know, she is one of those I consider truly blessed. She loves God and like the apostle Paul, has learned to be content in all circumstances. I struggle every day to become more like Bea.
“Now there is great gain in godliness and contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8