When Chris left our home 3 1/2 years ago, I felt like a complete failure. I loved him as much as any father has ever loved a son, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d let him down by not being able to give him something he needed. Logically, I knew it was time for him to move but emotionally, I kicked myself for years.
Now, tonight, I was completely blown away by the crowd at Chris’ visitation. It appears that he touched the lives of people all over Brown County. And the more I’ve processed the aftermath of his death, it’s become obvious that his life changed and grew drastically from when he was living with us.
As I move through the process of grieving and healing, I have this one verse rattling around my mind… I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. -1 Corinthians 3:6
With Chris, I’ve seen Scripture come alive…
He was born to Tracey Thomas. Lou Ann James raised him for many years. Grace and I cared for him for a year and prayed for him right up till today. James and Connie Taylor took him in for a few years.
All through his life, people were sowing and watering the seed of the Gospel and praying for it to explode with life. In the last couple years, that’s exactly what it began to do. Chris began to gain influence and he began to spread the Gospel without shame. And tonight, people lined up for 5 hours to honor and celebrate his life – the life God caused to grow.
No matter how much time you invest in someone, you’ll never see the entire picture. You might see only the beginning or only the middle. Don’t quit because you’re impatient. Do the work and the fruit will come.