My sister, Joan, and I lived with our grandparents in the country for a while. The school bus stop was about a quarter mile down a gravel road that we walked to each morning. A neighbor girl who lived with her parents and grandmother lived on down the road about 2 miles farther from us. Her dad would bring her to our house in their old model A Ford and she would walk the rest of the way to the bus stop with us while her dad spent time on the porch with our grandfather.
She seemed old for her age, not dressed the way others did and stuttered a little. Because of this she was made fun of. One afternoon while sitting on the porch with my grandmother I told her that Louise was made fun of by the children on the bus. She looked at me and said, “You don’t do that, do you?” I said, “No” but I knew that in my heart I had been embarrassed to be with her and now I had lied to my grandmother. I was convicted the moment I lied to my grandmother. I didn’t want to be one that was unkind to others. I wanted God in my heart.
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God. –Psalm 42:1
In the account of the 10 lepers in Luke 17 the lepers came to Jesus asking to be healed. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priests and while they were on their way they were healed. When they saw they were healed they rejoiced, but one of them ran back to Jesus praising God and thanking Him for his healing. The others rejoiced too, but they did not run after God. The one leper wanted all Jesus had to give him; he ran after the heart of God. Jesus replied to him, “Your faith has healed you.”
As an adult I have come in contact with Louise a few times; always at a funeral. The last time I saw her, she came to my mother’s funeral. She came up to the casket to give me comfort and all I could do was give her a big hug. I realized what a big part she had played in my growing up years if most of it was for only 2 years.
For several reasons I have found myself being an advocate for the underdog. She is one of those reasons. Maybe it’s never too late to do the right thing.
For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. —Ezekiel 34:11