Yesterday was the 64th birthday of my dad. Well, he would have been 64 years old yesterday. Cancer, and complications of the surgery to remove the cancer claimed him that 15th day of November, 2006.
I look back that cold November day 3 years ago, and it still feels so surreal…. like it never happened. I go over and over in my head how my dad was still young. He was only 60 when he died.
I never knew if my dad was saved. Well, I actually didn’t think he was at all. With his addictions and habits, it was hard to think that he was. Don’t get me wrong… he was a very loving dad, and a great guy. He and my mom married when I was 13 years old. This picture is from their wedding day… Aren’t they cute?!
My dad remarried in May of the year he died. I learned from his new wife that my dad had accepted Jesus as his savior. What a joyous and thankful moment that was. See, when he died, I wasn’t sure where his heart was. So I asked Karen if she knew. Karen had told me about the man my dad worked with. I don’t know his name, but I am forever grateful for this man’s care for my dad’s soul.
Karen shared with me that the man my dad worked with was a very Godly man. He and my dad spent most of their time driving around in a car… so they had a lot of time to talk. This man would always speak about Jesus and God’s love for us. Karen shared with me that my dad gave his life to the Lord one day in the car with his co-worker. He prayed the prayer with tears in his eyes. And his co-worker, who had been planting the seeds, was able to share in that incredible moment.
I am so very grateful for my dad’s co-worker. For his courage, love for the Lord, and true concern for my dad’s eternal life… thank you to him…. Thank you, dad’s co-worker!
Did you plant a seed in someone today? You just never know who you are going to run into; impact; or help change a life forever. I want to be a Gardener…. I want to plant a seed wherever I go. I pray this is your desire, too.
Until next week, may God bless your eyes….