October 3, 2011 No Comments   

I don’t believe in coincidence. I do believe that God puts certain people in our paths for a reason. Only God could use a Superhero T-shirt and a movie to facilitate a conversation and prayer.

Flaget Memorial Hospital has a wonderful walking path for employees, visitors and the community to enjoy. At the entrance to the path is a monument with this scripture from Isaiah 40:31:

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength;
They will soar on wings like eagles,
They will run and not grow weary;
They will walk and not grow faint.”

I enjoy reading that passage each time I walk the path.

Returning from a lunchtime walk, I noticed an older gentleman wearing a bright blue T-shirt with a Superman logo sitting on a bench outside the hospital. I smiled to myself, stopped, told the man that I liked his shirt, and told him my son loves Superman and had a T-shirt just like it. He replied that he wore the shirt because his grandson had given it to him and that his grandson was now recovering from a serious car accident.

I could tell he needed to talk and my heart went out to this grandfather and his Superman-loving grandson. He mentioned that his grandson was bored in the hospital, and he was looking for movies to take to him. I immediately thought of my favorite movie, “Remember the Titans.”

Let me share some background on the movie. The star football player’s nickname was, guess what, “Superman.” Superman was injured in a car accident that left him paralyzed. Despite the tragedy, the story is one of hope, love and inspiration. In the movie, Isaiah 40:31 is incorporated into a song. It is the same scripture on the walking path monument that I had read just a few moments earlier.

As I told him about the movie, the grandfather’s eyes filled with tears, and he told me that he didn’t yet know if his grandson would be able to walk again either. I patted his shoulder and told him that I would pray for him. I don’t know the grandson’s name but in my prayers, I ask God to bless Superman and his family. I am certain that God knows exactly who I am referring to.

Beth Ballard, RN
Flaget Memorial Hospital
4305 New Shepherdsville Road
Bardstown, KY 40004

Employee Stories, Flaget Memorial Hospital

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