Dad had been feeling just horrible lately! Last week on Thursday, I was disheartened by my visit with him and Mom. My mind began reeling for some kind of answer. "Help my dad," was my mission. So I cut my visit short and told them I was heading into Chattanooga, 30 miles away to try to come up with some Mucuna Pruriens, for his had been lost in the mail. I had never bought from a physical store before and wasn't sure any was out there. "Help my dad..."
In my car with my daughter, I prayed for the Lord to guide me to the supplement. We set the GPS and headed to various health and health food stores. First two had closed permanently. One more to go to before we headed into the mall to GNC. This one was not closed.
Pulled up to a very small shop called "The Family Herb Shop" in an out-of-the-way area of town. "It's so small!" What are the chances? Inside was the cutest and neatest, well-stocked shop I had ever seen. A kind little lady stepped from behind the counter when we asked for Mucuna. So we followed. YES!! Encouraged, I took out the scribbled list of supplements from HealthUnlocked Parkinson's Movement- things that have helped others. Check! Check! Check! "Oh, really?" the pretty little 75yo asked. "I have Parkinson's too". And so the conversation flowed. I knew God was there in that moment. I know He is always there, but He knew I was so needy this day! "Here, my child. You are never alone. I've tried to tell you in many ways". So I walked out, hopeful once again, with Mucuna...and the brand new Theanine, as well as a pill "that really helps my PD pain with only one small pill a day". That one wasn't on my list. But it was in her half-foot tall book and I followed along and read the info myself right there in her family's little shop. Oh, yes, normally this sweet lady isn't there by herself, "just kinda filling in for my daughter today". Read about everything on my crumpled little paper. Sometime soon I will return to the quaint "Family Herb Shop". And I will shop for the things that help YOU. And talk to our sweet new angel-friend. Thank you Lord. You are good and Your "mercy endures forever" (Psalm 136:1, American KJV).
UPDATE: A few days after starting/restarting supplements: Yesterday Dad and Mom came over here to see our 2 new kittens! And he was feeling quite better, having gone to church (!) the evening before.... Thanks, Friends. Thank You, God. I know there will be more "needy days". But we are not alone, and that is a true blessing.