One of my favorite gifts in my office is my “Super Poseable Gollum” (with crawling action!). I get lots of questions about this figurine. It’s from my buddy Andrew Tyler who would have been 22 today. He gave it to me (through his mom) after he went to heaven to be with Jesus. On the back he “wrote me a letter” describing heaven and how I’m going to love it some day. He even told me that meeting Mr. Bruce was so cool (my bush-pilot brother-in-law who has gone to be with the Lord). He told me to enjoy this Gollum birthday gift because I couldn’t take it with me…that Jesus is all I need. He wanted my youngest daughter, Tori, to know that the swimming in heaven is great and that the water is crystal clear! Just this past year, “I received another letter from Andrew” (bless his mom Becky) and he said that he loved watching Bethany’s (my oldest daughter’s) wedding. I miss Andrew and long for heaven to spend time with Andrew, Bruce, and most of all Jesus.
What has continued to amaze me is how Andrew’s family has trusted Jesus and turned their loss into a witness for Christ and a ministry for orphans. They have adopted children with special needs and continue to serve the Lord. Their e-mails have united strangers to prayer for a wide-range of concerns.
Here is his mom, Becky’s, e-mail she sent to all of us on her list today.
Our Andrew is turning 22 today. It’s so hard to believe. We wish he were here to celebrate with us. We are going to have some of his favorite foods and catch a movie. He loved going to the show. My friend Michelle bought a huge flag that is a frog and we hung it out today. We are fully relying on God as we wait and work toward that glorious day of reunion. “We miss you, Andrew, and look forward to the day we will see you again!” (the photo was taken on Memorial Weekend 2003–camping with friends–just days before his massive cardiac arrest left him devastated in a near vegetative state. Life can literally change in a heart beat. Praise God for His grace in choosing us. Because of our relationship with Christ, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We do not understand why everything happened as it did, but we choose to trust the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.)
October 27, 2014 will be the 10th anniversary of Andrew going home to be with the Lord. Not sure why I’m doing this…just wanted Ed, Becky, Hannah (and all her siblings!) to know that we haven’t forgotten. May the Lord provide His peace (which is beyond our understanding) and guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We love you! Look forward to Andrew showing us around when we get there…
And to those who are reading my personal ramblings…Are you ready to meet Jesus?
Jesus to Martha: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” John 11: 25-27
So Jesus would want each of us to answer this question, “Do you believe?” If you have questions please leave a comment or message me…this life can change in a minute…the next one lasts forever. Choose wisely!