This week I worked Tuesday and Wednesday in the Master Gardener office at the Tulsa County Extension office. I had the most unusual situation yet since I’ve been working there. Our whole purpose for being in the office is to assist the public in their questions, and or problems, within their gardens, lawns, pastures, trees, insect problems, etc. We typically have several walk-ins a day, several emails, and many phone calls.
I rarely look at the schedule to see who the other two Master Gardeners I will be working with. This morning I worked with two who are in their 80s. Their age wasn’t the problem. They are very nice people and I enjoy working with them, but I’ve never worked with both at the same time. You see, they both have physical impairments, and neither will do emails and really will only use books for any research they may have to do. I understand this with their age, but it is a handicap for dealing with a volume of people quickly.
To top this all off, one of the workers is almost totally deaf. So, you can see where I am going with this. Not only no computer work, or one on one work, but no phone work either. These are the only three things we do in the office! I have to say, I never lost my cool, in fact, I didnt even get a wee bit perturbed. I actually laughed about it. Bless her heart! She was there to help but couldn’t offer any, and she actually required it. It pretty much defeated her purpose for being there, but we got through it just fine.
So, what are the lessons here? Let’s see:
1) They both are inspirational to me because they
still have the drive and spunk to want to help in
spite of their limitations. Many an able-bodied person won’t.
2) My J.I. Packer post yesterday was on patience.
When I was younger I didn’t have a lot of
patience. This incident taught me that God
has been working in me more than I realized
in this regard. I’m thankful for that.
3) Probably the most important thing is that I was
able to bless them. Even such a slight thing as
being kind to them and helping them and even
laughing with them (not at them) was a blessing
to each one. They knew what was going on. They
realized the situation for what it was. We made the best of it.
Paul’s words to the Ephesians sprung into my mind at the very first of this ordeal.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32).
May we all continue to grow in grace and love, not forgetting that God has done the same for us.
Now, how do I know that I was a blessing to them both? Because they told me so; and to top it all off I received two big hugs. What else could be better, a hug for a smile. Good trade off if you ask me.
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,