Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:36
On last Sunday after church, my family and I went to breakfast at a local restaurant. While eating, I saw a young lady walk to the buffet with who I later learned was her mother. There was something different about her stride. I said to my wife, "I'm going to ask that young lady about her leg." When I went over to her table to ask about her leg and her stride I got an amazing story about the blessings of God. The young lady was named, Alexus Williams, and she lost her leg at age 9-½ months, as a result of diabetes. That's how the story begins.
Next December Alexus will graduate from Cal State University at Northridge. Alexus told me that her grandmother asked why I had picked her out and came over and asked her that question about her leg. She had a one-word answer for those at her table. "God." She shared riveting stories of trials and tribulations from birth with a 1100 blood sugar count which caused her to 'Code Blue' and literally die. She was resuscitated. She went on through high school (at Blair) where she decided to take strenuous ROTC army training, because, she said, "she was active." There were bad times - like hearing nicknames kids called her, such as "Barbie doll leg." Some thought it was cool because, she stated, "If I fell down it wouldn't hurt."
When she decided to take a mile run in her P.E. class, she walked, while her classmates ran the mile because her prosthetic leg fell off and she was embarrassed. But she picked it up and walked on. Her story was a series of operations, prosthetics and proms, which she attended. She made friends with a girl who, ironically, had the same birth date as hers.
When she was down and depressed and thought that God had given up on her. She met what she calls "her angels." One was a man who also had no leg but was walking around the Rose Bowl. Then she met what she describes as an amazing lady named Bonnie. Bonnie was a double leg amputee. Bonnie had no fingers, but she had a car and could drive it. Bonnie told her to not let anything stop her. Alexus' mother taught her to drive. She got her license, just in time for the prom.
She believes that God sent those and other angels to help her make it. It brings to my mind Marvin Sapp's song, "NEVER COULD HAVE MADE IT." In that song Sapp sings, "I could have lost my mind a long time ago if it had not been for you. " He says that "now I'm stronger, I'm wiser, I'm better . . . now I can stand here and tell you, I never could have made it without you."
I feel so blessed to have met this bright, smart young lady. She will be introduced at the Journal's Anniversary and Marketplace event. She is a reminder of the Goodness of God and an inspiration to those who believe that they have been dealt a bad hand. Take what God has given you and make the most of it.
We invite you to come out to meet Alexus and be a blessing to local small and home-based businesses and say "congratulations" to The Journal for 25 years of service to the community. Your encouraging words help us keep moving on.
Also, meet and encourage the next generation of Hopkins' who are slowly taking part in publishing the paper. Dr. Jamal Hopkins will be available to share and introduce his ministry and entrepreneurial venture. There will be art for sale from Grammys Place. We are even offering a free painting for those who buy one. Food will be served from the Courtyard Café.
Meet Pasadena Mayor Bogaard, City Manager Michael Beck, Councilmembers John Kennedy and Victor Gordo, Vice Mayor Jackie Robinson, Fire Chief Calvin Wells, Manager of Pasadena Department of Water and Power Phyllis Curry, and representatives from Pasadena City College and Pasadena Unified School District. You will have an opportunity to gain information for employment with the various city departments and information for enrolling in Pasadena City College to begin a new career.
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