The Bad News
We have 40 boxes of hot dinners in the back of Jenna’s car. We picked them up from the cooks at Manna House. We have 40 people on eight floors we want to give them to on this Monday afternoon.
But our cart is missing here in the lobby of the apartments. We need the cart to load the boxes on, so we can make the room-to-room meal deliveries.
How are we supposed to make this happen without a cart?
I already begin to sigh.
Then Marty, one of the residents, comes around the corner. With a cart. He says he saw us coming and knew we’d need one, so we can borrow his.
We thank him profusely for his graciousness, borrow his cart, and make our deliveries.
On Thursday morning, I get a phone call. It’s from another resident where Marty lives.
She says, “I have some bad news. Marty died.”
Bring Out the Good
It’s too shocking. I doubt her word. “Are you sure? I just saw him Monday and he was fine! Marty has died???”
Yes. She said they found him this morning on the floor, dead from a heart attack.
We go back the following Monday to see our friends, and everyone is talking about Marty. They all are sad.
- One neighbor says Marty is the one who took her to her doctor appointments.
- Another says Marty fixed their neighbor’s TV troubles a day ago.
- Another says Marty was going to take him fishing on Saturday.
Death stripped away all these things.
No one can replace Marty.
As I reflect on UNCERTAINTY (my One Word for the year), I’ve particularly focused this month on the uncertainty of death. Rarely can we predict how or when we’ll die.
I certainly couldn’t have predicted Marty’s death.
The only thing I can predict is that while we are still here in the flesh, still moving and breathing, God is working to bring out the good in us.
I am certain of this: God wants us to live with love toward others. He will help us with this mission every opportunity we’ll give him.
And we have daily opportunities.
I’m grateful for the opportunities that Marty took to help other people. I felt loved by him and so did others.
God brought out the good in Marty while he was here.
May we let God bring out the good in us, too.
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