I just took a sip of coffee before I started typing. Seems I needed a little something to help swallow my tears.
Each day I pen my Appointments with God so that I can remember the day in which I saw Him. It seems that He’s always showing up allowing me to write something today that I may need to refer back to months from now. That’s what happened to me this morning. Today I scrolled back three months and God reminded me that He knew all along what was going to happen yesterday.
Three months ago I was praying for a friend to help with my non-profit and in November, God introduced me to Kelly Barker. Kelly lives in Michigan and I live in California, and during this time the two of us have become the best of friends but… have yet to meet face-to-face.
Yesterday my dear friend Kelly, lost her brother, Russ in an accident.
I’ve always called “accidents” appointments. I have never believed that accidents happen. I’ve always believed that the day we are born God makes an appointment with each of us and He appoints us each a day in which our souls will enter heaven. Most appointments within our lives we make. We make appointments with doctors. We make them to get our hair and nails done. To get our cars serviced… the list goes on and on, but we don’t make an appointed time for the day we are born, nor do most make an appointed time for the day we move onward into heaven. It’s God’s appointed time.
Within my life I’ve lost many people whom I’ve loved. I went looking for God because I actually lost someone who I loved very much, and I wanted to one day see him again.
During the past three months that Kelly and I have been getting to know each other, I’ve also had the pleasure of getting to know her brother. Each day she would tell me a story about him, and this is what I know. Kelly was 10 years older than Russ and she loved him like a son. The two of them were in business together, and what Russ couldn’t do, Kelly would do, and what Kelly couldn’t do, Russ would do! Russ loved his business, and everyone he did business with loved him. Russ was engaged to be married, and on the last day of his life he went Snowmobiling. God made sure that when Russ’ appointed time arrived that he would be doing what he loved to do.
Today my prayer for Kelly and her family is that God will bring them peace and comfort during this time.
I love this passage that Jesus shares in John 7:33, It’s such a grand reminder that from where we came from, we will return.
Therefore Jesus said, “For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me.” John 7:33
ONWARD BY FAITH!