Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dealing With Irritable People

Carol Hopson's mom had a very bad stroke.  She was around 90 years old.  Carol quickly bought a ticket and flew up to be with her mother for ten days.  Her mom was in a long-term care facility.  Another woman shared her room whose name was Ruby.

Ruby was extremely irritable.  Nothing anyone could do ever pleased her.  Carol wondered why God would allow such an awful person to share a room with her mother.  Every night, Carol would sit by her mother's bed, read books and the Bible to her, and pray with her.

One evening, she asked Ruby if she would like to listen.  Ruby grunted that it was okay.  Carol opened up the curtain that separated the room.  Each side of the room had a small whiteboard.  Carol had decorated her mom's with Christmas things to make it festive.  Ruby's whiteboard was bare.

She went out, bought some Christmas items, and decorated Ruby's board.  Every night, she would spend time reading and praying for them.  If either of them needed anything from the store, Carol would go out and get it.  If they needed a bedpan, Carol would make sure they got one.

When the ten days were up, Carol went over to Ruby and told her it was time for her to go home.  Ruby asked her to come closer.  Then she looked at Carol and said, "Would you come help me to pray and get the peace that you and your mom have?"  She believed in Jesus that day and began walking with Him.

Carol uses every opportunity, no matter how exhausted she is to share the love of Christ to those around her.  She is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes {Romans 1:16}.  May we all learn from Carol and see every situation God puts us in as an opportunity to share His love with others.