Her mother had been abused by her grandmother.
Her great-grandmother raised her.
Disabled and alone, thrown out of her house, her mother had become pregnant with Thelma.
Remember I got that ticket to Women of Faith? Mama T [Thelma Wells] shared a story about her life I’d never heard before.
Great Grandma let Thelma stay at Grandma’s house occasionally. Grandma would lock Thelma in a dark, bug-infested, smelly closet the entire day until just before Grandpa came home. Then she’d clean little Thelma up. Until one day when Grandpa asked his little Thelma what she did that day. To which Thelma replied matter-of-factly, “Stayed in the closet.” and upon further interrogation by grandpa . . . “like, every day” … and then . . . the visits stopped.
Because Great-grandmother had told Thelma about Jesus and had taught her hymns, Thelma spent her time in the closet at grandma’s house- singing hymns and praising Jesus.
And, Jesus kept her from bitterness of heart toward her grandmother.
Apparently I was a week early!
We are studying this book, “Life Unhindered” and I was prepping today for next Sunday.
You’ll never guess the story the author referenced in the chapter for next week!!! Right?!?! Thelma’s!!!
These things don’t “just happen” do they?
So, from the stage on Saturday, she wrapped up the story with a word, UNDERSTANDING. She’d come to understand that her grandmother didn’t know how to take care of children, she was fearful of something happening, and to protect children, she’d felt the closet was the best place.
And if you know Mama T. You have been the recipient of her wisdom, her grace and her exhortation to the betterment of your life.
What kinds of surprises has He given in your life? How has He shown Himself to you? How has He kept you from bitterness in your suffering? This is GRACE friends! Amazing GRACE!!!
And how sweet it is!