This is a conversion story – conversion from self-sufficiency, money and possessions to Christ. Pain, suffering, loss of everything brought Terry to Christ. Quite a roller coaster story. Enjoy!
It was late one Friday evening, when my wife and I got the call. My Brother and his daughters were involved in an accident on their way to visit us in Lake Tahoe. We took the long drive to the hospital. His oldest daughter of 21; a wonderful human, great friends, great student, in the prime of her life, had been killed.
One of the most difficult things I have ever had to do in my life was to go tell my wounded Brother. It was unbearable wheeling his wheelchair to her casket. But, I somehow got by the matter; the funeral; the hospital stay; and the trial for the drunk driver. With vivid realization of life’s uncertain length, one might think I would turn to God.
We had really become quite good, as the children of a military officer, to be independent and strong and to get through anything, to stuff pain, relying only on ourselves. What could God do? How I wish I had looked God’s way.
Possessions had become my security. I had everything the world says one should need. My business was more monetarily successful than I could have ever imagined. My material cup ran over. My long-term retirement set in plan and place. I had anticipated cash from my apartments to provide for me in my old age. Why would I need God to provide?