It’s been six years since the accident.
On this same day of the week–Tuesday–on November 1st, six years ago, our son was killed in a car accident at age nineteen.
Driving to work is almost always a trip I take alone. It is a time to pray, listen to the radio and reflect on life.
Sometimes, I am joyful.
Sometimes, I am sad.
Sometimes, I am just blank.
Whatever I am, God is with me there in the car.
During my alone time.
This morning, He knew what was on my mind.
He reaches past the emotions I have hidden.
He searches deeply into the places in my heart that even I am not aware of myself.
I have a thirty minute commute to work each day. It is possible to hear a few songs, an up-to-date weather report and an advertisement or two being broadcast from the local Christian radio station.
I suppose there are hundreds of songs that could be selected for play at any given time.
This morning, "I Can Only Imagine" came on. A book with this cd inside it was given to us by a friend upon our son’s death. The lyrics speak of what it might be like to be with Jesus someday.
One of my absolute favorite songs is "Your Great Name."
Here is a sample of the lyrics:
All the weak; find their strength; at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls; receive grace; at the sound of Your great name
The fatherless; they find their rest; at the sound of Your great name
Sick are healed; and the dead are raised; at the sound of Your great name
During this song, I began to cry.
Cry and drive.
Drive and praise God.
Just imagine what it will be like to be with Jesus!
My son already knows.
At the sound of Jesus’ Name, the DEAD are RAISED!
God confirmed, once again, what I know to be truth.
He also, in such a loving way, reminded me that He is aware of my heart’s anguish and He will be with me through it all.
In the book of Matthew, chapter eleven, Jesus sends a message to John the Baptist:
After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” (verses 1-6)
The deaf hear.
The dead are raised.
We truly have good news to share.
If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, it’s not too late.
He is right with you.
He will hear your prayer.