This was a blog from about a year ago. I’ve revised it. Lord willing, Tucker will never again call us from jail! God is good! He keeps His promises! And He is faithful! That, my friends is how I’m able to look back and laugh! Hope y’all enjoy!
In this life, more often than we’d like, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. Sometimes it seems there’s no way out. Those ruts can be no fault of our own, or ones in which we’ve picked up the shovel, and dug for ourselves. Either situation can leave us in panic mode. A little over a year ago, I found myself in such a rut. I had no idea how the situation would be resolved and was about to go into panic mode when God brought someone to my memory who could possibly help. Someone from high school who, I happened to have noticed in Facebook, had moved to Miami recently. It was a long shot considering I hadn’t actually seen this person in over twenty years, but, at this point, I had no other choice but to trust that God knew what he was doing!
You see, our boy had found himself locked up in Miami! I got a plane ticket and flew down there alone to try and get him out, but to no avail. We’d never been those parents who bailed out their kid, but he was in Miami! They do a reality show about a Miami jail! That trip cost me nearly $1,000 just to fly down and back in one day! So when the time came for Tucker to get out (which wasn’t that long after my trip) I couldn’t afford to fly back and rent a car to get him. He couldn’t fly back because he had no ID and no money, and there was no way to send him money. He didn’t even have his phone. All he had was the clothes on his back. Our friend, Leslie, who’s an airline stewardess, offered to fly down and drive him back. There were no available flights for that weekend. We found out we could get him a bus ticket and he could retrieve it without an ID if we put a password on it. So that’s what we did. However, he had no money for a taxi to even get to the bus station, and the thought of him being penniless, and not having a way to communicate with us, on the streets of Miami just made me sick! That’s where the person God had brought to my memory comes in! What are the odds though? I hadn’t spoken to this person, other than on Facebook, since high school, but, like I said, I had no choice but to trust God with this one!
I asked around until I found his number, gave him a call, and he answered “yes” to my strange, not so simple, rather vague request. THAT, my friends, is what life is all about! God is SO good! Y’all, these guys said yes to picking Tucker up from jail, and taking him to the bus station! They didn’t know Tucker at all, and again, they were picking him up from jail! I asked and God provided, and He did it in the most unlikely way!
I let Tucker know that my friend and his husband would be picking him up and taking him to the bus station. Tucker was more than grateful, and didn’t seem to care one bit that I had said “my friend and his husband.” Let me tell y’all, these guys went way above my plea for help! They could’ve very easily been judgemental of our boy’s less than desirable lifestyle, but they weren’t. They treated him with love and compassion! Not only did they do what I’d asked, they put their plans aside, picked him up, bought him new underwear, deodorant and a toothbrush. Nevermind the fact that the underwear they bought him were sparkly, gold man-thongs. I’m just kidding! These guys took a stranger into their home and fed him, and allowed him to bathe. Y’all, that is the epitome of friendship, love and simply just being a decent human being. After Tucker got cleaned up, fed, and ready to go he called me. He said, “Mom, these guys are super nice, but I gotta tell you, they’re not cousins!” I was like, “I never said they were cousins. I said Jeff and his husband!” Tucker said, “Man, I was thinkin’ I ain’t never talked like that to any of my cousins!” We both had a good laugh over that one!
I’m not sure, even though I thanked them profusely, that they remotely understood the magnitude of their good deeds, and how they helped one of the least of these. I’m not sure they understand how their act of kindness blessed, not only Tucker, Steve and myself, but so many others as well! God used them in such a big way! And I’m so thankful that, with 20-something years, and nearly as many hours between us, all I had to do was ask, and without hesitation, the answer was yes! That’s the definition of a friend, and proof that there are good people in this world. And above all else, it’s proof that God answers prayers!
Y’all, these two guys, truly taught me a lesson. A lesson in which the church should certainly take note. These two men, who live a lifestyle God’s word says is sin, showed more love and compassion to one of the least of these than I’ve ever seen a lot of Christians show to people like them! Shouldn’t we, as Christians, be more intentional in showing love and compassion to everyone, even homosexuals, than those who don’t claim to be Christians? (Just for the record, I have no idea what religion, if any, these guys claim to be, or whether they claim to be Christians or not) My point is simply this…if we profess to follow Jesus Christ, shouldn’t our love, compassion, and kindness always be more prevalent in our lives than than the pointing of our accusing fingers toward those who don’t profess to follow Him? Aren’t we to be Christlike? Doesn’t our God always go above and beyond all we could ever imagine to take care of His people?!
You shall be richly rewarded, for when I was hungry, you fed Me. And when I was thirsty, you gave Me something to drink. I was alone as a stranger, and you welcomed Me into your homes and into your lives. 36 I was naked, and you gave Me clothes to wear; I was sick, and you tended to My needs; I was in prison, and you comforted Me. Matthew 25:35-36
I tell you this: whenever you saw a brother or sister hungry or cold, whatever you did to the least of these, so you did to Me. Matthew 25:40