By: Tim Sader
so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. (1 Thessalonians 2:8)
Before going into the future and learning that praise is important to chase fear and the enemy far from us we found out about the machines that assist me in my daily living. When my brother died in 2011 at 28 I was 31; we were best friends and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I dealt ok with the grief and sadness mentally but it affected me physiologically. I eventually got sick and wasn’t eating much; I got down to 105 pounds and my breathing became so labored I was scared to get off my Bipap in the morning. This is when I first went on the daytime noninvasive ventilator. When I first got it they gave me a floppy blue hose with a neck and mouth piece so every time I needed a breath I had to have help getting it. My mom, aide or friends had to sit beside me all the time so I could get a few deep breaths every five minutes. Later we mounted it on an IV pole and finally they brought me a gooseneck air hose that is attached to my wheelchair so I can get a breath anytime without assistance. Up until that point traveling in our big old blue van seemed impossible so I didn’t leave the house much. Finally when I had control of my own air we went out all the time to eat, to church, movies and doctor appointments. After leaving a MDA clinic appointment in downtown Charlotte we were on interstate 77 and we were rear-ended in our van. Somehow by the grace of God mom kept the van strait. Instead of hitting the brakes she sped up to get out of the way and safely pulled off before calling the police. The van was beat up bad on the right rear side of it, mom had a sore neck and I had a compound abrasion on my side I didn’t find for a few days. Not long after we got home a lawyer called so we set up an appointment at the house and learned what we needed to do. The van was considered totaled but was still drivable. Mom went to the chiropractor to get checked out and needed to get treatment for a few months. We ended up getting about 5,000 dollars from the insurance companies so we added it to our get a new van fund.
By 2013 I was in a much better frame of mind, I was feeling better, eating more and getting used to assisted breathing. Early in the year the Lord put it on the heart of our friend Julie to do a fundraiser of some kind to help us get a new van. Her husband Craig is a professional sound technician so we decided it would involve music. Although this benefit was for me I wanted help because it was recruiting bands, corresponding with them, and scheduling them to play. My dream career was to be in the music industry so I went online and found a list of area bands and asked bands I know to play. While I did this Julie was busy meeting with pastors, organizing volunteers to help with food, activities, handling ticket sales and looking for sponsorship donations. We decided to call the benefit Care Give Love Festival. We had seven bands, comedy, handicap van on display, fire department helped cool off the kids, there was a cake walk, a bake sale, BBQ food truck and chainsaw artist. This was all possible because Julie and her friends cared about me. God helped gave her an overwhelming love for my family and me. Not only did we see the gospel at work through her she wanted to share life with us and help us in any way she could. Christ gave us the command to love one another; just as He loved us we should love another. If we love one another everyone will know that we are His disciples (Jn. 13:34-35). Whoever claims to love but hates a brother or sister is a liar. If we do not love others who we can see, we cannot love God, whom we haven’t seen. This is why we have the command: Anyone who loves God must also love others (1 Jn. 4:20-21). From savings, family & friends, the insurance settlement and 3,350 dollars raised at the festival we had a down payment of 10,000 dollars for a van. We had to finance 16,000 dollars of it but we were able to pay it off when we sold our home in York. Since the state paid to modify it we ended up with a van that is worth twice what we paid for it.
Lord you know that life can be hard for us when troubles come but help us to trust in you so that we can get through it. Help us to see that the storms we face will come to an end and there will be sunshine when it does. Sometimes it takes difficult moments in life for us to better experience your goodness when it is shown to us. Lord I ask that you give me opportunity to share my love with others so that they can experience you in me. Help us to love those who are seen God so that we can love you like we should. In Jesus name, Amen.
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