I last saw Bill Fogerty January 16, 2013.
Like always he was full of plans and full of life.
Family, new grandkids, businesses, properties, investments; everything was flowing well.
Negotiating, buying, building, selling, celebrating were perpetually part of a multi-faceted and multi industry business career that had become a life-style.
Bill proposed a joint venture establishing a new LLC that would marry what our company does best with one of his companies that was now positioned for national expansion. After several phone sessions we elected to pick up our conversation in person early this January on Sanibel.
Sandy and I arrived. Bill and Carmel did not.
It took a few days, but we got the news that Bill had been in a horrific car accident. No one was sure exactly what happened, but he never touched the brakes while running into a truck.
My mouth dropped, I could not comprehend this… It’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around it.
All those plans, all that life…
What if he had known? …What if we had known last January that he would not be back this January? What would have changed in our conversations? What would have changed in his plans?
One part of me thinks he is gong to be OK. He’ll get through this. He will be back leading his family and his businesses and growing in his faith. Everything will be back to normal. …But, it’s likely that isn’t going to happen. The brain damage is too great.
There’s something we simply can’t circumvent… we don’t know what is around the next turn.
I do know that there are a small number of things in my life that are like NOTHING else.
Most all of those things circle around family and close friends.
The ONE THING that is above all the rest is my time alone with God… when it is just He and me and I know He is actually speaking to me.
I read his Word and things jump off the page… I talk with Him and pray and know that He is actually listening to me.
One of the mysteries of life is we don’t know exactly what lies ahead, when life will change or when we will actually see Him…
One of my goals in route to that day…when I will see Him…is that I will know Him more tomorrow than I do today… not head knowledge, but heart knowledge.
The distance from my head to my heart is less than 15 inches, but it is a journey that some of the richest truths about God have yet to make.
During a breakfast meeting last week one of our table leaders shared with me a number of things relating to the armor of God… including his observation that the piece of armor he struggles with most is putting on the shoes of peace.
His question is simple…. How do we do that? What are some practical insights and applications for calmness and tranquility amidst life’s storms?
Amidst career challenges, relational rifts, time tension, financial fight, physical fatigue, family difficulties, emotional tear and the silliness of Sherman – Crabtree NFL smack-talk, where is peace?
A BIG part of that answer lies in understanding the dynamics in Psalm 23.
We are kicking off a new 5-week series on Psalm 23 entitled Connecting the Dots. If the Lord is my Shepherd, then… what? What does that mean?
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…
Join us at the tables these next 5 weeks as we lift God up and unpeel some rich truths.
Dynamic #1… He makes me lie down… He leads me… He restores my soul.
Hope to see you early!
This Week’s Key Verses
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul… Psalm 23:1-3
Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Psalm 34:9-10
But they who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27