The following story by Asha Hawkins is based on actual events that transpired on 19 April 2019 -
Asha here. I am blessed beyond measure because this is Easter weekend and over 2,000 years ago, God became one of us to die for all of us…if you believe of course. I do. Let me tell you about today, 19 April 2019, though.
I was with my friend, Kimi, at a walk-in clinic to have some blood work done. There were about a dozen of us scattered about the waiting room and I was engaged with Kimi, just chit-chatting away. Then, an elderly gentleman was trying to get his wife, who was in a wheelchair, through the front door. Her head was bent down the whole time as if she could not lift it.
Then, something very cool happened. About four different people jumped up to help the couple through the door. That was when I first noticed them coming in, since I was busy being a chatterbox (hee hee, haa, haa). But then I started to pay attention. The elderly man walked to the desk and inquired about signing himself and his wife in for some tests. The lady at the desk asked him if he had an appointment and when he said no, she told him that he needed one. Meanwhile, his wife sat still in her chair waiting patiently for him.
As he walked back to his wife, she asked him what was going on. He told her that they could not be seen without an appointment. She asked several other questions and seemed distraught that they would have to return home.
Here’s where it gets good. Before he could get behind his wife to lead her out the door, a woman in her thirties stopped in front of him and told him that she would make the appointment for him right now to where he was going to go. He thanked her and proceeded to give her the information she required to schedule his appointment. His wife kept interrupting with concerned questions, and he answered every one of them very kindly and patiently.
As this was transpiring, I could see that the woman who was helping him was having a difficult time making connections. That prompted me into action. I began the process of setting up an appointment for right here at the walk-in clinic. The staff wanted an appointment? I was going to give them one. I set everything up and when the woman’s name was called to go to her next station in the back, I was able to get through and jumped in the mix. “I have everything here” I volunteered.
The woman thanked me and went to her next station while the gentlemen sat next to me and finished giving me his information to complete the appointment. I learned that he was born in 1931 and that his name was Richard. I was able to get him the appointment right where we stood in 30 minutes (Still not sure why the staff couldn’t do this).
As I walked to the front kiosk to sign him in, another gentleman, probably in his late thirties or early forties came up to me, thanked me, and left me some money. “Oh, no sir,” I said. “I don’t need this…” but he insisted, left it, and walked away towards the exit. I thanked him as he left.
I went to sit back down with Kimi and Richard sat next to his wife who was full of questions—her head still hanging low. When she asked for a drink of water, Richard fished around behind her wheelchair when another man, probably in his fifties, with a GI haircut, had fixed a cup of water from the water fountain that was set up in the waiting room and brought it to him.
Within fifteen minutes, that man, Richard and his wife, and I were called to the back. Even here, the kindness of Good Friday continued. The man who brought water gave up his end seat for Richard while he maneuvered his wife next to him and the two began an introductory exchange. I overheard the man tell Richard about hope for the younger generation after all and he spoke of the hope during this Easter. Richard was well aware and said that the Lord and Savior died on good Friday for all of us.
As the woman in her thirties left, she thanked me and said her farewells to Richard. The man who had given them water and introduced himself as Scott, stopped to shake hands good-bye after he was finished, wish him a blessed Easter, and went on his way as well. Finally, I was finished so before Kimi and I left, I made sure to say my farewell also.
Kimi and I looked at each other as we left and smiled. It was truly indeed a Good Friday.
Verses for the day:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (John 3:16-17; 12:46).