Everyday Extraordinary Connections
Over the past year I have become exquisitely aware of the tangible way God calls us to thrive and participate with Him in His kingdom. In surrender to Him, miracles are made known to us every day through the folks that touch our lives.
Friday was an awesome day at the office. Bill came in to see me for a “check-up”, but there was much more to the experience for both of us. Bill is the eldest son, now 40 or so, of a close-knit family of 6 that I have known and cared for over the past 25 years. I had not seen Bill in years, but I stay connected to the family through his mom as she visits the office regularly. Six weeks ago I had run into Bill and his mom at church when they stopped by the Cascade table in the courtyard. I was happy and surprised to see them there. That particular Sunday, Pastor Bruce had shared our Cascade video about PoVa at the end of his sermon.
Bill’s sister has 3 children. Her youngest, Jake (now 5) has Down’s Syndrome.
During the visit with me in the office that day, Bill shared that he had recently quit his work in a successful real estate business near Los Angeles and moved here to be close to his family. He said he was feeling he needed a change, not sure exactly what that would be, but not feeling “spiritually fed”. He then brought out his phone and shared a priceless video with me: it was Bill’s nephew, Jake, on a horse at PoVa, smiling and riding with Ingrid and her dedicated volunteers at his side! Bill then shared with me what an amazing experience it had been to witness Jake’s first lesson at PoVa. He told me how touched he was to be at the beautiful property and said, “There’s a trail there, too, with a special name.”
“The Cascade Trail?”, I said.
“Yes, that’s it! I never would have had the chance to share this time with Jake and my family if I had stayed in L.A., and it’s great.” I could hear in Bill’s voice that his spirit was being fed.