There was a father and his son who were great pals, the best of buddies, and had a great relationship. The young fellow married a Christian girl, and he converted to her faith. This groom’s father whom he loved very, very much (and the father loved his son very, very much), as a protective dad, was a bit skeptical about his son’s new faith. Of course, the son really wanted his dad to understand what he was involved in and to be part of it. That was the son’s prayer of his heart. The son had heard the scripture, Acts 16:31 which says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” That was the desire of the son’s heart, for his dad!
The son and his wife were driving to the airport in New York one day to take a plane, when they got a flat tire! Due to the flat tire, they missed their flight. At about the same time, the plane that they were supposed to be on crashed into the Twin Towers. This was the 9/11 Disaster!! The father phoned his son, hoping that his son never got on that airplane! The father was quite excited, ecstatic when he heard his son’s voice and that they never got on the plane. It happened that the father, being a retired fireman, told his son that he was going out there to the Towers to help out. Sadly, John the Father Fireman, died in that disaster, helping people there. The son felt broken-hearted; he was unsure that his prayers had been answered about his dad concerning that scripture he had about his family. He was very worried and depressed about it, that he would never see him again, and he questioned God about the whole event.
Then several months later, there was a knock at the door of the son’s house. In walked this lady with a young baby boy. She introduced herself and told the couple that she had found out that his father John was the fireman who had saved her life during the 9/11 disaster. This lady was pregnant and working in the Tower at the time of the disaster, and his dad carried her down several flights of stairs to safety. When she got to the bottom of the stairs, she asked him his name, and he said “John.” John had wanted to go back up to save more people, but she asked him if she could pray with him. He agreed and they knelt down at the bottom of the stairs somewhere in the dust, and she prayed with him to accept Jesus and he did. Then John went back up the building to rescue more people. She told the son that she had named her little baby boy after John, who had saved her life! Well, of course, upon hearing all this, the son jumped with joy that God had answered his prayers concerning his dad!
What we know from this story, is that God’s ways are not our ways. Sometimes when we get a flat tire, we see it as a major inconvenience. Of course, the father dying was grievous for the son, but knowing that he had accepted the Savior and entered eternal life made his day, and that was the answer to his prayers.
When I heard this story, I thought to myself even, boy that is terrible, what a lot of pain there. But then when I heard the end, and the assurance that the father entered eternity with Jesus, it was God’s Mercy!!!
We may never know what the future is for that Little John, but we can believe that God never makes mistakes!
I get from this too that everything that happens in our lives, we are in the palm of His hands, and everything that happens to us ends up for our own good. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those that Love God…” Romans 8:28. We can be rest assured when hard times happen in our lives, knowing that the Love, the Mercy, and the Grace of God are way above ALL that we experience which comes against us.
Remember when things happen, God loves you all very, very much!