Last week, I wrote about my experiences with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, having ran out of gas while on the bridge in two incidents more than 40 years apart. These incidents have been an indication of the struggles in life that I would experience.
It is so very clear to me today. In the first experience, as my sorority sister and I ran out of gas heading back to Oakland, I was extremely afraid, but I knew that if I made it off that bridge safely, that my life had a significant purpose. That fact was clear to me!
Today, looking back, I can see clearly that my life has been an uphill battle for the past 40-plus years! Thanks to my trust in God, I have been able to continue to keep my eye on the prize, never giving up on my dreams and goals. Then in 2012, the car I was driving on that same bridge, heading back into San Francisco, the ride was all downhill! Today, that signal to me was that my life was about to get better. God had already destined my life’s purpose.
Health would be my life’s purpose, though I didn’t realize it at the time! When my mother passed away on Christmas Day in 2000, my life changed forever. It was that day that I knew what I would be doing with the rest of my life. After learning all I could learn about Type 2 diabetes and the many complications that come along with it, I became an ambassador, determined to share what I had learned with people around the world.
Deuteronomy 28:6 says, “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.” My message from my two breakdowns on the Bay Bridge was that the Lord had shown me that He will be with me in my going out — as demonstrated when my friend’s car broke down as we left San Francisco, going uphill — and in my coming in, as shown some 40 years later.
Google an article that I wrote online back in 2000, where I shared the story of the life of my mother and the many challenges she faced while suffering with high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, you will see how that story has been posted on health websites around the world. It has been translated in to Japanese, Chinese, African languages, French, Spanish and many others. The story is not just what happened to her. It explains how it happened, the detrimental effects of eating too many carbohydrates and sweets, along with the lack of exercises.
When one combines an improved diet and exercise, they can turn things around. Diabetes does not have to take over their lives. What did I do? I began to write columns telling her story, and I began a radio show on Radio One, the largest black radio network in America. Giving and paying out of my own pocket to help others! Now, I get the chance to get paid as I help others. Scripture says, “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” Proverbs 18:16 NIV.
Do you wonder, how you can give of yourself creatively? The Bible tells us to give alms to the poor, respect to our parents, praise to the Almighty, and forgiveness to those who harm us, but what does this look like in everyday living? Creative giving is responding beyond expectations and going one or two steps beyond.
Lyndia Grant is the host of “Think on These Things,” a radio talk show on WYCB (1340 AM), Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact her at 202-518-3192 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.