It’s So Good to See You!

28 04 2019

On one occasion when I was traveling with the band, we happened to stop in my adoptedRock _n hometown of Fremont, Ohio to do a little shopping for necessities before returning to the road. While in the store I noticed a familiar face. She was the mother of a classmate from school that I thought highly of.  A woman from England that had moved to America with her husband and daughter years prior to start a new life. My memory went back to a time I stopped by their house to visit the daughter, but she wasn’t home. Still this grand lady insisted I come in for minute to sit and talk. Most likely I did not make good conversation, but that didn’t matter. I found joy in her company, listening to her elegant British accent as she spoke on a number of topics and all the while wearing a smile that beamed from her face constantly. I thought of walking up to her to say hello, but the years had passed and I had changed quite a bit since we last met and I was sure she wouldn’t know who I was so I chose to stay with my band members and leave well enough alone. A couple of aisles later I saw her again and to my amazement she did remember me. With the same charm and the beaming smile she took time to make conversation not only to me but with the other guys with me. We must have been quite a sight, 6 long haired guys badly in need of showers making chat with this graceful Lady who treated us like old family or friends. As she spoke directly to all of us in her prim and proper manner, we must have looked like a group of overgrown schoolkids smiling back as we hung on her every word. When our time ended, she urged that I stop by the next time I was in town; an invitation she extended to the others also.

We loaded into our van and as we got back on the road one of guys said to me, “What a nice lady; you must know her well to spend the time with us.” Truthfully, I only met her a handful of times.” That came as a surprise to the others. Another spoke up, “Well one thing is for certain, whoever calls her Mother must feel lucky.” Actually, there were three that called her mom. And I don’t believe they’d say they were lucky, but blessed!

The dear “Traveler of the Rock Road” never asked how was I or what was I doing now. It wasn’t that she had no concern for things such as that. She set to the task of letting me know she knew who I was and was so delighted our paths had crossed. I believe she wanted me to feel special, to feel accepted by her. Many I know tell me they don’t want anything to do with God because they know He doesn’t want anything to do with them, especially not the person they are. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Ron Lambros puts it this way, “Why do so many of us struggle with the fact that God loves us unconditionally, and that no matter how good or bad we are, He’ll never stop loving us? God is the only One who never gives up on us, never abandons us, never forgets about us or ceases to care about us. We can never go anywhere without His merciful and compassionate pursuit. Think you’re unlovable and that nobody cares about you? Pause, and always remember that God does and He always will!”

This takes us to one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I have this picture in my mind that if I was to meet Jesus like the wonderful encounter I had with my friend’s mother, He would act in the same way. He wouldn’t ask me what I was doing with my life (Afterall, He knows that anyway.) He wouldn’t chastise me for mistakes I had made. Like this British Belle, I feel He would greet me with a smile, a hug and words letting me know how good it is to see me. That’s the love He has for each of us. To use another quote I like by Max Lucado, “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!”

To the daughters of this Grand Lady, Bev, Anita and Ali, thank you so much for sharing your incredible, loving and marvelous mother with so many of us that she truly blessed with her ways and her smile.

To the ones who don’t think God could love them, why not go to Him today. He would be so excited to hear from you! Start by meeting Him at John 3:16.

See ya next time!


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30 04 2019
Beverly Crane

Oh what refreshing blog. I feel like I have met this lady. My husband’s Grandparents came over from England with their daughter (my mother in law). Grandma was such a delight to sit and talk to. The stories that lady had. She never met a stranger. John please let me know when you put all your memories in a book. I’ll definitely be in line to purchase one. See ya next time!!

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