I met Aimee when she and her dear friend, Tiffany, signed up for a women’s mentoring class I was teaching. She was a blond and I didn’t have a clue it was a wig. She wore it well. A few weeks later this bright, happy young woman met me, but this time she didn’t have on her wig, just beautiful brown curly short hair. She was one of the classmates that didn’t say many words, but spoke volumes. Knowing her story, I marveled at her.view of life and her walk with the Lord. She was the object of our prayers, but she was so gracious.
When we found out that Aimee wasn’t doing as well as we thought, she and Ryan had a party for her friends to show everyone her new house. During that afternoon, Aimee and Ryan were baptized.
Over the next few weeks, I watched Aimee in an incredible visual witness of her walk with the Lord and she taught me some lessons, some renewed truths about God and gaining a closer walk with Him. I would like to share them.
- “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) Aimee’s illness reallly fine-tuned my prayer and devotion time.
- Praying on your knees is a humbling experience and draws me closer to God. God met me on-my-knees each morning. He definitely heard my heart.
- Pray continually. All through the day and night prayers went up to God for Aimee, Ryan, Ian, their families and their friends.
- Live one day at a time to the fullest. I don’t know how much time I have left, but I have today. I want to live it for the Lord.
- Everyone is terminal.
- I am making a witness this day by the way I live. It can be a quiet witness, but it is a witness.
- Live a life of consistency. If I say I am following the Lord, I need to live that way consistently.
- Believe God is working today. He says He is and I am to believe Him, for each day He will show me another one of His blessings. Be aware. Thank Him.
- He is in control. We are on His timetable. Each Sunday I saw Aimee and Ryan in our church. That was such a witness even to people that did not know them well.
- Don’t neglect “the gathering of the saints”. Aimee seemed to draw strength from her family and friends, but also from being in God’s house every Sunday, no matter if she felt like it or not. Nothing got in the way.
- Aimee taught me how to life life and how to put that life in God’s hands.
When I think of the blessings I have been given in my life, Aimee O ranks very high on the list. The blessing of knowing Aimee is that through the tears, and there were many on my part, her witness drew me closer to the Lord.
by: Sandra Mitts, Friend & Mentor
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.