Dear God, Are you still here?
I sat there so shocked I couldn’t even swallow my food. The tears came and it was all I could do to not completely break down. This could not be happening! He is too young and has only eaten food from a health food store most of his adult life! This happens to unhealthy people not my brother!
My heart was sick. Yes, about losing my brother but even more so in losing him for all eternity. I have been praying and trying to reach my brother with the Gospel and share the Good News of Jesus Christ for at least 30 years. He had been involved in a cult like religion for a long time.
The next day I got on my knees, sobbing from the depths of my soul and begged God to save him. I felt a strong drive afterwards to go immediately to him. I know he said 6-12 months but I felt God was telling me to go so I packed my bags and left the next day to Wisconsin.
During the time of Terry’s treatment he was always telling the doctors “I don’t want anything candy coated, tell it to me straight”. So one night I said “Ok, you like everything straight,” and he said in return “Yep”! So I told him “Ok, you want it straight, here is where you are going. I pulled out a book called “23 Minutes in Hell,”and started reading.
He didn’t say much after the first chapter except “Boy, that poor dude”. After the 2nd chapter he looked up at me with very serious eyes. After the third chapter I told him “Ok, now I have good news, and I read Isaiah 53 and John 3”. Then,I asked him if he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart. And to my amazement he said yes! I had a hard time believing my ears! He repeated the sinner’s prayer after me and immediately said he felt such peace. He spent the next four weeks asking me to read the bible every day and talked incessantly about Jesus. He had the most continual, peaceful expression on his face I have ever seen.
Terry died one month to the day after we found out about his cancer. He didn’t make it the 6-12 months like they said. Terry did not die but rather is living in eternity with His Lord. They say it is like walking from one room to another. I asked Terry before he died that if he had a choice would he rather not have cancer and live like he was before or have cancer and know Jesus. He chose cancer.
The he said “I could have believed all this time! I wasted all those years!”
Wow, what a miracle! God often works in ways we don’t expect, doesn’t he?