Three weeks ago I was returning from the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show in Chicago. My wife Tammy and I were exhausted from being on the road for two weeks of trade shows. Our travels had taken us from Maine to Orlando, then on to Miami before concluding the 11 day swing in Chicago. While the shows had been fruitful and productive, and I always enjoy time with "My Beautiful Tammy" (That's what I call my wife), we were both glad to finally be heading home.
During a layover in Detroit, I fell into my normal airport routine of catching up with the e-mail and voice mail messages that invariably pile up during a trip. Making my way through my voicemail, I came to one from my Mom. She had seen my Facebook post that we were on our way home. My Mom, being who she is, did not want to bother me while on a business trip.so instead she stalked us on Facebook to know the best time to call. All of us grow accustomed to the voices of our parents and can easily discern different tones in their voices. This time, my Mom's voice had a different tone. A tone of concern. I spent the flight from Detroit to Bangor in tears. My Mom was not well and was preparing us for bad news.
Two days later we heard the word we all feared so much, cancer. The foul, disgusting disease that my mom had already battled, and defeated, four times in her life. We got Mom home and got her settled and comfortable. After kissing her on the forehead and saying goodnight I got in my car and started the ninety minute ride home. I-95 in Maine between Patten and Bangor is a long and lonely stretch of road with little traffic. It was the first time I had been alone and was letting all my fears, emotions and anger out. While sobbing I yelled as loud as I possibly could, " Why!!! My Mom is a woman of faith, has lived her life to serve God and her family, WHY!" I was crying harder and feeling anger in a way I had not experienced since I was a very young man. I continued my plea, "God if you care, if you hear me, I need to hear from you now.not in some spooky spiritual way but I need a phone call or a text from you to tell me you hear me and you care." Just as I began to feel guilty knowing my Mom and Dad would never approve of that type of anger, especial directed towards God, the unthinkable happened.
Ding Ding, Ding Ding. A text came in on my iPhone. I was scared to even look at it.what would it say? Did I cross the line too far? Was it a text notification that my name was taken out of the Lambs Book of Life? No, it was a text from my Mother-in-law, Sharon. The text said, "Dave, Rick and I wanted you to know that we love you and are praying for you." Some might think this is just a coincidence; I asked God to text me and 5 seconds later I received the text from Sharon. Sorry, but at the moment I said, "OK God, I know you hear me, but I still wonder why."
Two days later I was driving Mom up that same stretch of I-95 back home from another stay in the hospital. We had a long talk. She talked about the peace of God she felt and how blessed she was to have a family that was so supportive. I did not tell her about my "text from God" or how angry I was that night. She said "David, if I get better, I get more time with my family, if not I get to be with Jesus." Either way, she was at peace because of her faith and life she lived. (And continues to live)
Sometimes in the face of tragedy God reminds us that He loves us and still hears us through others or through SMS texting.
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