Friday, August 10, 2012

Expect the unexpected


 Do you see these guys?





































Cute, aren't they?  I snarfed the picture right off of facebook.  What we have here is a young married couple of two months: David and Rachel.  (last names withheld for privacy reasons)

We've known David for about 12 years.  He comes from a loving, Christian family with the most sincerely humble, godly parents and siblings all raised in a rural Wisconsin town.

 When David hit his early 20's, he was an explosion of Gospel energy and zeal.  He would come to our chapel and his deep voice would rock the house down when he prayed.  He even put together a Gospel CD to hand out to others.

 And yet, none of the gals in the midwest were God's perfect choice for him.  God moved him out to California.  It didn't take long for California to show him  not only a new job but a beautiful young lady named Rachel.   And this is where it gets fuzzy for me..  (I'm not in the inner circle) but suffice it to say, there was nothing short of "madly in love" on every one of their photos.. And as a Mom-type of friend, that is good news.  Everyone loved him, and rejoiced for him, even though we hadn't met her.

So, David works the high-tension wires as a line man.  He's trim, athletic, and not lacking in coordination or strength.  But for some reason he fell 60 feet while working his job.

He has been in constant medical care, surgery and excellent medical monitoring.  His life hangs in the balance, even now as we speak.  His wife and parents, siblings and friends are quite distraught.  There is a group praying that has united almost 2,000 people  in three days.

This situation has brought us all to our knees and humbled us greatly.  It's also united so many people.  So, I am expecting the unexpected.  I do not know what God will do, but HE has already been glorified in David's life so much that maybe it is time the world knew about it?

It is possible for a young man to be pure and holy.  It is possible to love the Lord Jesus at a young age.  It is possible for God to provide a godly woman to such a young man.  And it is possible that God can heal just such a young man to keep him in HIS service.

Amen. Thy will be done, O God.







16 comments:

amalison said...

Beautiful

Michael Donahue said...

David is most definitely one of the most godly guys I know. No doubt many will be brought to Christ through this tragic incident whatever the outcome.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tribute, sister. Our hearts are breaking and weeping and praying and trying to accept what the Lord is doing. His ways our not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts. He gives and He takes away, blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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Dana said...

I am David's aunt and what you have written here is a truthful and beautiful tribute to a wonderful, Godly family, and an unusual young man. He is a product of dedicated and unwavering parents, and this is not the first trial they have come through. May God be glorified through your excellent tribute to David and to Joel and Annette.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Praying for God to be glorified in this situation, and for comfort and peace for all involved.

Julie G

Becky said...

Our hearts and prayers will go out for this young man and his family. He has obviously already been a tremendous ambassador for Christ and we all need to hear about people trying to live a faith filled life.

Robynn's Ravings said...

You are so right and I will pray that it is so. Thank you for this post. What a tragic situation.

The dB family said...

Praying here too!

The Johansen Family said...

My husband is a lineman too and I sometimes worry about this happening to him. It is so beautifully poignant that God uses us in such ways to bring others to Christ. I will pray for David to be whole again for his and his wife's sake unless the Lord would have him be changed for HIS glory! Thank you for this beautiful post.

Ruby said...

Adding my prayers from Down Under. To God be the glory. May He give healing and comfort to David and all his loved ones. Isn't it good that we do not know what God has in store for us. His grace is sufficient for each trial.

Joel said...

Thank you Jena. Annette and I are blessed by a wonderful, loving God who is comforting us in our pain. We count each day with David as a gift and we pray that God's will be done through our son. We love our son dearly, but God loves him more.

Mrs. Parunak said...

I've been praying about this since I saw Joanna's note on Facebook. It's nice to have a face and a background to put with the names.

Anonymous said...

Thankful for David's testimony, I know he has touched our family. Thankful that a week since the accident he is stable (while yet critical). Continued prayers for David and his family. Romans 8:26 & 28.

Anonymous said...

, I don't think I have met you but I am Annette's sister. They asked me to keep an eye on facebook as some inaccurate reports are coming out. I loved your tribute to David but Joel told me last night that there was no malfunction of the harness (or belt). Is it at all possible for you to take that out of your blog? On another note, I am sharing your blog because it captures David and Rachel, their precious family, and their faith. Thank you.

Jena said...

To Annette's sister: corrected it! Thanks so much for the information.

Anonymous said...

Weeping as I read and adding my prayers to all those who are praying around the world. May God be glorified through this all!