He Did One Thing Right…..
Last night was pretty tough on my husband. His father passed away. Troy was sad because his father had wasted his life abusing alcohol and drugs. That was only the beginning but that is not the part of the story I want to tell you about.
Last night when we got the news we were in Dallas, Texas. We were getting ready to go eat with about 20 pastors when the call came in. It was as if the Lord knew exactly the impact it would have on Troy and He had the right people there to love on him. He literally hung up the call with the hospice nurse and turned around and there was Jentzen Franklin to pray over him and love on him. I was already at the table with the rest of the gang and Troy called me to let me know he was not coming in, that I needed to meet him out front. He told me the news of his father’s passing. Immediately Leon Fontaine and Terry Crist (all three guys I mentioned are pastors) jumped up and came outside. They too hugged Troy and loved on him. I never saw Troy cry like that before that moment. He was so torn in his emotions as you could imagine. Eternity is a long time to ponder.
Terry and Leon took Troy for a walk and when they came back Troy told me some of the things that were prayed over him and spoken to him. One such thing was the fact that Troy had said his dad had wasted his whole life. The pain he felt knowing that was overwhelming. He was 63 and died and alcoholic, alone in a hospice bed. That was hard to think about. Leon looked at Troy and said, “Troy, he had you so he at least did one thing right! You are changing people’s lives and THAT is what you can think about.” I think that put so much in perspective for Troy. It helped me as well.
There are so may lessons in here but one that stood out for me was having the right people at the right time in your life. Those three guys (in my opinion) are some of the most amazing pastors in the world. I mean Leon and Terry were old friends and Jentzen a new one, but they were all there at a crucial moment for Troy. The pastor (Troy) got pastored by three amazing men and that was pretty cool to me. I could not think of three cooler guys to be there to hug him and love him through it. They held him up during a painful moment and he will never forget that. I will not either.
It does not stop there. The whole day the other 17 pastors we were supposed to be eating with, called him and encouraged him. They made sure that he felt the love and support. Let me tell you, he does. It is almost shocking to think people love and care that much.
Serving God along side of pastors like these men is an honor. I believe in pastors. I believe in the call. I believe God knew just what Troy needed at just the right moment, it was a pastor. He was surrounded by pastors who have a heart for God’s people. Can I just say that pastors rock?! I sure hope you have a pastor or pastors in your life! It made all the difference in the world to us. You will need them sometime soon. We did!
***By the way, when we got home a few minutes ago, some pretty amazing people were here for us to pick up where they left off. FHC staff, members and friends, we cannot thank you enough. I don’t know how people survive painful situations without a church family in their lives to help them push through. Love you all!