Well, it finally happened. The embarrassing, unthinkable thing. The thing that, when you tell people, the smiles are wiped off their faces and replaced with looks of pity.
For the most part my faith is strong, it really is, but what I wish I could tell you is that my faith never wavers, but I’d be lying out of my lying liar hole. There are, and will be, times that my mind wanders to all those things that could happen, and when it does, my goal is to quickly take those thoughts captive and set my sights back on the One who’s in control. Nothing will test your faith like an embarrassing, unthinkable thing.
Like a good friend once told me, “focus on what you KNOW, not how you feel.” What I know is that God is our redeemer, that He turns ashes into beauty. What I know is that God can restore the years the locusts have eaten, and that He sets the captive free. What I know is that God can break any chain and that the miracle of a changed life is the biggest miracle of all! What I know is that God will allow, and do whatever it takes to get a person to realize that they need Him. What I know is that He who started a good work will finish. What I know is that prison isn’t the end for our son, our future man of God, and that our son will be taught by God.
I got the call, yesterday around lunch, saying they had taken him to Kilby. We knew he would have to go to prison at some point, we just thought it would be later. We were comfortable with him being safely tucked away in the county jail, ten minutes from where we live. Now, he’s hours away, with once a month visitation. I’d be lying if I said we weren’t sad, but our trust is in The Lord, the author and finisher of, not just our faith, but the faith of our son!
Although its sometimes tough, and a little embarrassing, to say that our son is in prison, ain’t no shame in our game! We know that God has a plan! Prayers are appreciated and welcomed! Hopefully he won’t be in there too long, but God’s will be done! No ‘soap on a rope’ jokes, and PLEASE, no prison horror stories! Thank you!
Some of you wandered for years in the desert, looking but not finding a good place to live, Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion. Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time; He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.
Some of you were locked in a dark cell,
cruelly confined behind bars, punished for defying God’s Word, for turning your back on the High God’s counsel—
A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy, and not a soul in sight to help.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. He led you out of your dark, dark cell, broke open the jail and led you out. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves; He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors, he snapped the prison bars like matchsticks! Psalm 107:4-16 The Message