You see, my friend's dad was a pastor and because of that there were A LOT of people whose life he impacted either through his preaching or through his attention to them individually. I sat there for an hour and half listening to person after person share their memories of him and how he helped to lead them to a deeper faith and relationship with God.
I'll be honest,my first response after the first 2 people finished talking and we sang a few hymns was when is the break? When can I just be with my friend and talk to her and support her, and then when could I leave.....But during the rest of the time I sat there, hearing person after person, I got to think about what an incredible honor it was for me to be a witness to hearing about this great man, my friend's dad.
It began to stir in me something that I have not ever experienced at a funeral...It stirred up inspiration, and motivation. It made me think about what it is that I am doing with my life and why? I wondered if her dad ever got to hear all those beautiful things that were said about him before he passed? I wonder if she or her family heard those stories before the day of his funeral? Most likely not all, but maybe they did hear a few.
It reminded me why I am here. Why I said "YES" 3 years ago and why I continue to say "yes God what ever you want". It is why even during the hard times when all I want is a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a walk around in the woods to smell the fresh fall air, that I continue to say "YES GOD". It is stories like Sebastian that I told you about in my last blog whose smile has motivated others to give. Here are a few more updates on what I have been up to these past 2 months and why God continues to confirm my decision to be here.
I want to also say a really big THANK YOU to each one of you who personally financially supported me for my car. TODAY, I purchased my car and drove it away from the lot. You have no idea how much this gift has impacted me personally. Yes, it will help me get where I need to go MUCH MUCH easier, but that is not why I am so deeply touched by your generosity. It is because today, I saw a completed list of 5 things that I asked God for in January of 2015 that I NEVER thought would happen. But because of all of YOU, you showed me how GREAT OUR GOD IS and how much He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. Thank you so much. My words can not express the gratitude I have for this incredible gift, so maybe some pics will help you see!!! One final prayer request is just for my safety and the safety of others as I drive here. While I have driven a car since I was 16, driving here, as some of you may know, is VERY different. Any and all prayers are appreciated!!!! Thanks!!!