While laying on his back in the emergency room, he came face to face with the God of eternity and lived to tell about it. He told my brother that when his heart stopped he had a vision that God was giving him one last chance. In the vision, as he watched the doctors frantically trying to revive him, he suddenly saw a whiskey bottle, a pack of cigarettes, a handgun, and a Bible floating around his lifeless body in the emergency room.
He knew he had a choice to make. He decided in that moment to choose the Bible rather than the things that were destroying his life.
- every time I crossed the finish line at a high school track meet,
- when I fell through the frozen lake while duck hunting when I was nine,
- when Mike Croswell’s easy grounder rolled under my glove at second base, costing us the Little League championship.
- grew long hair in the ’70s,
- quit the football team in tenth grade,
- became a pastor rather than your business partner,
- moved to the other side of the world to be a missionary.
- to ride a bike and drive a car,
- to throw a baseball and hit a golf ball,
- to fly fish and quail hunt,
- to work hard and save money,
- to write a check and pick a mutual fund
- to be a real boy and a real man,
- to be a good son and a good father.
(Check out Ferdie Cabiling's Father's Day blog called "What does it Take to be a Real Dad?")
(Watch this short vid for a pix of what a father is really like, especially our Father in heaven. He is there for us when we hurt, when we fall, when we need help finishing the race He marked out for us.)