As I think about my life so far, I think about all of the stupid things that I’ve done that I’ve lived through by the grace of God. I also think about the decisions I have made, especially in recent years, and know that He has guided me down the path that is the right one. How do I know this? Well, these are things I’ve remembered and the reasons why. Granted, not everyone will agree with me, but this is my thought and belief. As stated on my Facebook page, I accept the fact that not everyone believes as I do, so feel free to bypass this post if it does not do any good for you and read many others that I have written.
I had an experience once upon a time in Laurel when I was riding with my friend John, and we were cruising down main street. We glanced over to the left to see the people on the sidewalk, and when our heads swiveled back to facing the front direction, it was just as we smacked into the back of a van that was double-parked in the street with no lights on. My friend was wearing a seat belt, but I was not. We hit doing 25 miles per hour, and the back bumper of this van was above the front bumper of my friend’s car. By all rights, I should have been laid up in the hospital for weeks – or worse, but escaped with just a bump on the head. Yes….He was watching over me.
I had an decision to make when moving back from California, and when we drove through Utah, we had a choice to make – move back to Denver, or move back to Montana. My wife and I agreed that perhaps Montana would be the safer bet, but I also had another feeling that it was the right decision, and it ended up being just that. We ended up in a place where we could get a steady career going, was able to purchase a house for our family, and I was able to be here for my mother’s last years before she left for the Lord’s Kingdom – something I was not able to do when my father passed away – something else that haunts me to this day, although it has subsided a bit since those days.
Sometimes it’s just little things, such as what to do during a day, but I feel His influence in my life. For many years, I have not gone to church or had many conversations with Jesus, but in recent years, it has helped me feel better about where I am, how my life is going, and gives me a sense of serenity to help deal with the obstacles in my life. I still have plenty of bumps in my road, but I have a feeling those bumps would be much harder to overcome without the most important things in my life – faith, family, and friends.