This is my friend Larry. We were not acquainted previously, but 14 years ago, on June 14, 2004 my car collided with his vehicle when I failed to yield, resulting in the car accident that forever changed my life. It also forever changed his. About a month ago, I was reflecting and reading in my room and felt a need to reach out to the man whom I had never met in person (whose life was also affected by the accident). I remembered his name was listed in the newspaper clipping of the accident and did what any scholar would do: I looked up his name on facebook (haha). I found 3 results, and based on what I knew of his age, I reached out to him wanting to meet. After 14 years, a lot has happened in my recovery and there are no hard feelings, but I wanted to meet the man who was also impacted by the car accident.
We set up a day to meet, and later Larry graciously offered to host me since I was going to drive 3 1/2 hours to see him. He also had offered to meet me somewhere but I wanted to make the effort to go there, as I believe that the Lord desires and calls me to reconciliation, in all of my relationships.
This past weekend I was able to meet the kind man who hoped and prayed for me to recover as much as anyone else. A couple of years ago, he too fought for his life with cancer (and won). We are both survivors!!
I also met Larry’s son Brandon, who has followed my progress via my website (http://caringbridgeclassic.org/wi/kansas/index.htm).
Both were my cheerleaders from afar, and I am thankful for their prayers.
God didn’t cause the car accident to happen, but He redeemed the circumstances —of that I have no doubt! (Romans 8:28)
He is good!! Amen.
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