God's Word for Today: Randy. That's right, Randy. As in Randal Nelson, a man I sort of knew, but failed to know as much as I should. A man who just recently moved on from this world. A man I will miss.
I worked with Randy building Ethanol plants. We were on the same jobsite together a few times, but I don't remember him and me just sitting down to have a visit. Randy was busy doing his job, and I was busy doing mine. We talked. We discussed work. Maybe even shared a laugh or two about what a fellow worker did the day or night before. Nothing too personal, nothing too bonding.
Randy was one of the Red hard hat guys for the company we worked for. That meant he was an electrician. And, a very good electrician. That is probably why we didn't have many talks. I didn't have to ever worry about Randy carrying his share of the work. He did his job, he did it well. When Randy's work was completed, it was correct. Mistakes made? Probably, but always admitted, always corrected.
It is with fondness I recall the above mentioned Red hard hats. If you have ever known an Electrician, you will know them as just a little, well how do you say it, off?? Not really, but electricians are of a mindset different than most. It takes a special skill set and nerve to make a living trying to control electricity. Electricians tend to gather in their own groups. I don't know for sure what they even talk about. I suppose mainly volts, amps, Kws, horsepower, breakers, and such. I do know they are concerned when you let the contained black smoke out of one of their motors.
Psalm 100:4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
I might have not known Randy very well personally, but today, I give thanks to God that I did know Randy recently. Randy reached out and touched me. When he was in the middle of the great battle against cancer, Randy made a difference in my life. He didn't have to. Randy didn't need to, but Randy did. At a time when Randy should have been asking for help and prayers, He was giving help and prayers to others. One of those was me.
Like I said earlier, I didn't know Randy very well. Any part of his past, his faults, his mistakes in life, made absolutely no difference. All I know is what Randy gave to me. He gave me encouragement. He gave me hope. He thanked me for sharing my relationship with God. Randy's was much stronger. Randy figured it out. Randy did good. Now, Randy is kickin it with God.
Today, think of the Randy in your life. That one person who is suffering, hurting, and probably losing the battle against the dreadful cancer. But it is also that person that finds the time and energy to be a blessing in your life. They put their own life to the side and gave to you. Thank you Randy. You did what God asked of you. You got it right...................................
Prayer: Dearest Heavenly Father, creator of all us imperfect persons, I thank you for those people you have put in my life to let me know that I really don't have it all that bad. Forgive me for my pity parties. Others are suffering much worse, and they are the ones doing your work, sharing your love, and finding your victory. I thank you for the Randy in my life. That person whose past will never matter. That person whose present was a direct gift from you God. I pray that I may in turn give even a portion of what you have given me, to others. In Jesus', who I am most thankful for, name I pray. Amen.