God’s timing is amazing! We didn’t know Joey and Joey didn’t know us. But God knew all of us. We had been trying to find a place to get our oil changed for over three weeks but the timing never seemed to work. Finally, we were able to get close to Bartlesville, a town in Oklahoma, where Jim could walk through and I could maybe get it done. We had been interviewed for a local paper the town before. Kathy, the delightful interviewer, was able to recommend a place to take the motor home for the oil change. She said to talk to Joey and tell him that she had sent us.
“As it turned out,” * because our motor has a regular vehicle motor, Joey said they could do it and they were between customers and could do it right then. I would have just enough time to go across the street to the grocery store where they had Jim’s favorite – hummus. As I said, God’s timing is amazing!
I have driven down many dirt side roads and parked on many dirt and gravel turnouts. Jim told Joey that he is walking across America and with all the dirt, he thought it would be good to clean up the oil. Jim had walked 1500 miles at that time but the RV had gone 3500.
That was business talk, but God wanted us to talk “His business.” Joey asked why Jim is walking and so we told him. Then Joey nodded his head about Jesus being in the home. He said things have changed for him. He was raised in the church then at age 13, something happened that soured him on the church. He believed in God but wasn’t ready to be a part of the Family.
But things have changed. During those years there was a man, dad of a good friend of his, who stayed close to him. He was a man of God. Through this man’s influence, Joey started turning toward the Lord and his wife came to know the Lord. They were coming back into the church and things were good. We invited him to become a Champion for the Home and he said he would.
However, just recently this man, Bart, discovered that he had cancer and was given a year to live. Bart’s daughter-in-law was pregnant and they found a lump on the side of her neck. It was Hodgkin Disease. Bart said he would give up his life if she could have life.
On a Friday, Joey called Bart, who was his air conditioning man to tell him that his AC was out. Bart said he would send his son out on Monday.
Monday came and Bart got sick. Tuesday morning came and Bart passed away. It was 38 days after diagnosis. His daughter-in-law was checked and her cancer has gone. On Tuesday, Joey’s air conditioning started working on its own. We said maybe God allowed Bart to do just one more job before he left.
Pray for Joey, his wife and 2 ½ – year- old daughter as they carry on. It is a very tender time for them but God cares and He is there. God’s timing is amazing!