God’s timing is so awesome! I was just now sitting at my desk trying to think of what I was going to write about for this “What’s New” update for our ministry and then the phone rang. On the line was Aresha (I hope I spelled that right) who began to cry right away. She started to tell me about her parents. Her father passed away many years ago, but he was a huge jazz fan and he played the trumpet. He loved going to jazz shows and went to as many as he could. Aresha’s mom would always go to the shows with her husband, but after he passed, she stopped going to concerts.
About two years ago, our ministry was in Virginia on a short tour. Aresha was able to talk her mom into coming to our concert. She told me it was very hard to get her mom to agree to come, but once she was there and heard the trumpet playing the jazz style of music that she remembered, she had a great time.
As Aresha was talking and telling me this story, she really began to break down. She told me that her mom was not a believer, but she prayed to receive Christ as her Savior that day at our concert. I don’t remember meeting Aresha and her mom, but she reminded me that we talked for a little after the concert that day. Aresha didn’t share with me (or anyone) what had happened that day with her mom. A few weeks after the concert, Aresha’s mom began going to that same church where she accepted Christ, and became a very active person at the church. At this point in the conversation, I asked Aresha how her mom was doing and there was a long pause. Then she replied “My mom died last night, I just wanted to say thank you for your ministry because we know where mom is today”. Before the conversation ended, I asked her if I could share this story for today’s update, and she said yes. I am not sharing this story for any reason other than to give God the Glory.
God’s timing is so awesome – not just for me to have something to write about, but His timing is awesome for Aresha and her mom. God’s timing is awesome to encourage me today, and I hope this story encourages you as well.
Aresha, thank you so much for calling us today and sharing this story with us. I will be praying for you and your family as you celebrate your mom’s life.
To the rest of you, thank you for your time and for checking in.