Calling All Hinsons

"…that they should seek God…" Acts 17:26-27

Death Brings New Life

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He didn’t make it. I sure am gonna miss him.

Common words from a devastated heart.

They were broken. Tears streamed down their faces as they talked about the events. About giving him CPR the best they could.

He was their friend. He always came to their house. Always hung out.

And that day he died at their house.

It doesn’t seem fair. How can he be walking and talking one minute and dead the next? they asked, bewildered.

So many unanswered questions lingered in the air as we stood in that tiny living room, hands intertwined along with our hearts in mourning for the man who would be missed. Tears rolled down all our cheeks as Grant prayed. My heart echoed in prayer: God be glorified somehow here today.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20

A few days later the text came across.

Mr. Grant, I don’t know if I’m living good enough to make it. I need to talk.

He had been reflecting on the loss of his friend and had so many feelings and fears rolling around in his mind.

Death will do that. It will make you question if you are ready to go. Especially after it happens so unexpectedly.

He is a saved soul trapped in a life that doesn’t glorify Christ. A life full of sin. So wrapped up that it covers his eyes where he can barely see the light.

But he has heard the knock. The one telling him that he is a child of the King but he isn’t living that way. He needs to make it right before it’s too late.

And last night he answered the knock. He poured his heart out and his inadequacies and his fears and his shortcomings and he surrendered. Salvation was assured and a new life was begun. He longs to follow Christ and make a new start for himself and his family. To cast his troubles and his fears at the feet of Jesus and begin his walk again. To put aside the weights that have so easily tripped him up for so long and run the race Jesus wants him to run.

Sometimes the unexpected things are what draws us closer to Jesus. They cause us to look at life a little differently and realize we aren’t where we need to be.

None of us are really. If we honestly take a look at our lives, we will see sin there. Let us deal with it before we have to encounter a tragedy in order to recognize it. Let us join this young man and learn from his example, turning our lives from darkness to light and start a new life today.

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