He looked perfect on the outside but was destroyed on the inside. Nathan was the kind of guy who was quiet and fun. People respected him and they wondered about him, he was so mysterious because he barely talked. He was the kind of boy who would party Friday nights and get drunk on Saturdays before the sun came up, and when the weekend was over the pressure was on because of school and working at the McDonald’s in the mall.
After something that happened a year ago; Nathan was stressed and could barely focus, even before that ‘something’ he was a sweet quiet boy. He fought his ways through life with alcohol and smoking pot, it was a medicine that could make him forget everything for a moment; at least that’s what he hoped.
Ephesians 5:18 – “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”
This is how things went down: New Years Eve.
On New Years eve Nathan’s aunt passed away, don’t get all confused with The Perks of Being a Wallflower but she also did get in a car accident. Nathan was crushed, his dad seemed to handle it pretty well; outdoors. Indoors it was a blood bath without sober decisions. His aunt was the only person alive to remind him of hope, but then when she died he did not know what to do and how to believe.
Nathan’s parents were separated from each the other, his mother had to go back to Mexico and his dad did not know how to handle things and started drinking. It was okay at the beginning but then things got pretty ugly and his dad started hitting him, throwing bottles to his face and blame him for what happened to his mother. Nathan could not go back to Mexico, not yet. His mother told him over he phone that he couldn’t come live with her in Mexico unless he gets his diploma so that he can easily get as job in Mexico and be happy.
You may wonder why Nathan’s dad did not buy the first plane ticket to Mexico, ask help from his family, do some paper work and live happily ever after with is wife. He couldn’t , he was fired 2 weeks before his wife got sent back to Mexico. They weren’t rich or poor but they needed the money to eat and pay rent, and Nathan’s dad wasn’t in good terms with his family because of trouble with money. Nathan’s mother couldn’t let them come to Mexico when she knew there was a future ahead for her only son. She couldn’t let him suffer because he had the right documents and she didn’t which was the same for her husband.
That’s when aunt Stella came in the picture, she’s a California girl with crazy fantasies and the older sister of Nathans dad. She always told Nathan how much his parent loved him and couldn’t decide between the names Nath, Collin and Andrew so Aunt Stella stepped in and told them no nephew of her’s is going to be named Nath, Collin or Andrew because there were to much of them already in this family. And that’s when aunt Stella came up with Nathan, “Why is Nathan an exception and Nath isn’t, it’s exactly the same but there’s a -an behind it?” “That’s the fun part, it makes you different.” and started giggling, she always did that!
Aunt Stella was one of a kind, and the only person Nathan had a bond with in his family. She gave him hope, talked as if she was the best coach of an American football team and helped him get through the roughest times in his life. Aunt Stella was a fighter and believed that all thing through Christ were; no IS possible, Nathan always asked her: “That’s odd don’t you think? No mean to be disrespectful but what has he ever done for you, for US?” And aunt Stella would always tell her story with a big smile. ” Well.. where should I begin? Hm.. He died at the cross because of our sins, you know that if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t even be here? He gave you and your father a house when he could easily let you sleep beside the trash since it’s not so easy to pay rent, but look at you you’re still doing it aren’t you?! But my story..Well, I’m not going to brag about it but I’m an adventurous unlike anyone in this world. I can have fun and speak as much as I want about God, I mean how cool is that?! I wanted to travel a bit for 2 years and let everyone know who God is, work with young troubled children who want to receive God’s word and I got to that so that’s pretty cool!”
Aunt Stella was also a sarcastic person, Nathan always called her Queen WanderluSarcasmm. 1. Because she was really sarcastic. 2. Because yeah adventurous, wanderlust get it? And 3. Aunt Stella had a thing for Paris so somehow WanderluSarcasumm sounded french.
Aunt Stella always said to Nathan: “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded. – 2 Chronicles 15:7 & Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. – Isaiah 58:1 This is written in the bible my dear, don’t you ever forget what he did for you.”
And when aunt Stella died so did all his hopes and dreams at the same time.. Now is the question how did he survive all that drinking and smoking to forget the pain he was holding back? That’s kind of funny question because that we’ll read the next time…