He never talked about his feelings like most guys, but he was really special like every child God has in his heart. I’d like to call him Nathan. Nathan was a straight A student and everybody liked him, the boys wanted to be him and the girls wanted to have him. “He is perfect” is what everybody said when the subject became about Nathan, people had high expectations for him because of his great work and fantastic grades. Nathan was under a lot of pressure, but he kept fighting.
He had to work his butt off to get an A instead of a B, if he got a B his dad wouldn’t be so happy. It was okay because Nathan knew he could do it, his dad didn’t believe in God but he did. Nathan believed that if he just did his part and let God do the rest he would get through that semester, just like every year. Nathan’s mom was a hard worker and said she wished his father could turn back and put all his faith in God, and his dad was a cranky old man, like that guy Red from The 70’s Show. And his older sister Natalie was all about God and what he’d done for us, her faith was so strong and I don’t know about every guy in this world but he truly looked up to her.
Weeks went by and Nathan passed his exams and was ready for graduation, he had worked so hard and look where that led him. He was off to a new start at a fantastic college.”I couldn’t do it without him, I’m so thankful for his work”. What are you talking about? Was what his father said. “The only reason why you go through this is because I made you work your butt off, if I hadn’t you would be stuck her for another year doing drugs like those other kids!”
His father had been though it, he had looked for comfort in something that was meant to kill. He was 15 when his mother passed away because of a car accident before she died she always said:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
She trusted her son and hoped he’d be a great believer of God one day, with a great job a family and a roof to live under. Nathan’s father was also a straight A student but ended up doing drugs because he couldn’t handle the future. People pushed him into doing things that he didn’t like, and because of all that he almost threw his future away. So when Nathan told him; “You have to let go, dad, God knows what you’ve been through”. His dad shed a tear and asked his son to pray for him. After praying his father said sorry for what he’d done, sorry for pushing Nathan too hard. He was afraid that if he didn’t Nathan would end up doing drugs, Nathan’s mother and sister were very proud of what Nathan had done.
Nathan in college, Natalie in her own home with her new family and their parents back to the church to leave the past behind. Nathan’s father found comfort in the stories of the bible and become one with our God who had planned this since the beginning of time. It’s kind of a funny story, because look at how God works through our lives. He took his time to make Nathan stronger and his father a faithful man.
Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”