When God Showed Up Big and Unexpected
Almost four years ago, my life was totally flipped upside down in the middle of the night. I received numerous phone calls at 4:45am on December 1, 2007. My parents were trying to get a hold of me. When I finally answered, all I heard was my dad crying and screaming that my little brother was dead. The first thing I screamed was "No...not my best friend!" My brother Michael had been sick over the past couple weeks with a cold and his immune system was down. He somehow got in contact with severe bacterial infection similar to meningitis. http://savannahnow.com/morris-news-service/2007-12-03/infection-likely-killed-uga-student
My brother and I were always close. He looked up to me since the day he was born. We grew up in church together. When I started in youth ministry in 1997, my brother helped me on retreats and with my youth with games, making funny videos, making highlight videos, and more. As he grew older, I relied on my brother to be honest with me. He was the one person I could go to and get an honest answer on what game or skit to play. He gave me great ideas for run-on characters and skits. He was my best man in my wedding earlier in 2007. And with one phone call, he was no longer there.
God is in control if we allow him to do so. The thing is we have to let go our control and see that through times of pain He is still there. It just took me three years to listen to what I had been preaching and teaching since 1997. And on a side note, it has been awesome to hear and see how much God used my brother in other people's lives and how people continue to know God because of my brother.
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