“‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:39 ESV
Recently there was a local spring festival at a lovely park in Temple Terrace. This festival was the first time that I set up a table of my books and artwork. Though a small venue, the festival became a great learning experience and gave me the opportunity to meet several wonderful people.
In the morning, an older gentleman came to the table and checked everything out. He seemed interested in my work but told us he would return later.
As the day went on, I was inspired by the story of a visitor’s son who has autism. That day his son was playing piano for a concert at the conservatory in downtown Tampa. Seeing me, my table and the work that I’ve done despite my challenges reminded him of his son, and I am glad he shared his story with me.
Surprisingly, another passerby who has a Deafblind daughter ran into me and my mom at the festival. What a small world! My mom and this woman had spoken over the phone years before when her daughter and I had the same teacher. They reconnected and were both in awe—this was the first time they met in person! But that’s not all!
Jason, who works at Shriner’s Hospital, also stopped by my table. He had made braces for my feet when I was in elementary school! We hadn’t seen him in eight years! Additionally, my former speech therapist, Jenny, who I hadn’t seen in five years, ran into us! I was so overwhelmed by all the people I saw in one day.
Remember that older gentleman from before? Well, a few hours after he had first stopped by, he came back and proclaimed, “I want to know your story.” He then read about my life in my book, Sofia and Her Morningstar, as my mom told him more about my disorder, BVVL. He was so impacted that he bought my book and generously donated to the Paige Project.
Among other people, I met an art teacher, a special education teacher and a former interpreting student who now works to preserve wildlife. She introduced me to Noelle, a beautiful, disabled Eastern screech owl. I was so fascinated!
Through the experiences of this day, God showed me that He wants me to continue sharing my story with others. No matter how much I have struggled with this in the past, God never stops reminding me that it is not about me, but about who He is, what He has done in my life and the power of His glory.
“My mouth will tell of Your righteous acts, of Your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, Yours alone. O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come.” Psalm 71:15-18 ESV