Do you remember the old Baptist song, “Wherever He leads I’ll go.”? I broke down today and visited my mother to tell her I had spent the weekend in County Jail. When I arrived at her modest apartment, she pointed to a box on the couch and asked if I would put it together. I said, “Sure. What is it?” She said, “It was a gadget to monitor her pacemaker. She was having more heart problems.” I thought, Oh no and I’m going to tell her I just got out of jail?
My mother is awesome. She took the news in stride and recognized God had a plan. She explained to me that early in her marriage, she and dad were standing in a Baptist church in California and remembers the song being played, “Wherever He leads I’ll go.” Dad squeezed her hand and that began a committed lifetime journey following God wherever He led. It seemed going to jail with God leading was not such a far fetched idea after all.
She went on to say, that the seemingly most productive ministry they worked together was their prison ministry. For many years, they went to a Texas prison multiple times during the week to share Christ with inmates. Many men found their way to a life with Christ through mom and dad’s teaching. God continues to surprise me with His goodness.
And mom if you are reading this, congrats on making the technology jump to cable! 🙂