Tuesday, October 1st 2013 was like any other day for me. When I woke up that morning I did not realize that my life would forever change.
The day was like any other “normal” day in our family. Errands, chores, tasks, etc. Driving home that evening. I had no idea what I would stumble upon as I turned down the road headed for home.
I saw what looked like smoke from a distance, two vehicles in the ditch, confusion, shock, and blood. To my horror my friend stepped out of one of the vehicles. Shaking, bloody, and in shock. But he was ok. He had just got off work and was headed home. Just like any other Tuesday.
Then I saw the driver of the other vehicle. He was hurt, trapped, pinned, and bleeding badly. I comforted him, prayed with him, and told him that everything was going to be ok. EMS showed up, firefighters cut him out of the car and took him to the hospital. He did not make it.. He went home to be with the Lord.
The family of the man who passed away contacted me. I was able to give them details that they couldn’t find anywhere else. I was blessed to meet them as they said goodbye to their dear husband, brother, and friend. He was just headed home after a long day or work. His destination was just not the temporary home, but his eternal home.
I was very happy to hear yesterday that the family was able to take his body back home to Mexico for him to be laid to rest. His elderly parents would have the chance to lay their son to rest.
I pray that they family finds comfort. I rejoice to God that even through such a tragic event, His glory shined through. We are in the grip of his grace. His mercy is everlasting. And I am honored that God chose me to comfort Eleno in his last moments on this earth..
I have this song stuck in my head. I don’t know how many of y’all listen to country.
Don’t cry for me when I’m gone
Keep the faith and be strong
‘Cause through it all I’ve been blessed
I faced my fears
And I’ve passed the test
So when you look up in the sky
On a sunny day
Imagine me drifting away
I’ll be sailing on the ships of heaven
When the tide rolls out for the
You’ll find me sailing on the ships of heaven
Waiting for the day
I come sailing back to you
Blackhawk – Ships of Heaven
I ask one thing to ponder… where are you going when you go home?
You can read the newspaper article here.