Today is October 10th of 2015, however the origins of this story go back to the first week of May. During that week, a guy by the name of Levi Lusko spoke at a conference I attended at my church. His story was powerful, heartbreaking, but filled with an incredible sense of perseverance and strength.
Fast forward to this morning. As I readied my son and myself to visit the pumpkin patch, I noticed the inside of my tire was showing more wear than I could reasonably get away with, knowing that I'd be driving 70 miles roundtrip tomorrow to drop him off with his mom. I had to get tires changed, but we were going to the pumpkin patch with friends, so I made a phone call and we got a ride. After a few hours, we returned to our car and I promptly drove to Costco to get a new set. The wait was 3 hours, so I headed to another tire store near the mall. We got a quick appointment and they told us to come back in 90 minutes. To kill time, we went to the bookstore in the mall, where I found a copy of Levi Lusko's new book, released only last month. With more time to kill, my son mentioned being hungry, so we went to go watch some college football and eat appetizers at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Here's where things start to get wild. As we got seated, I realized that I was sitting across from my buddy Jeremy who was eating with his family. The book was on the table and I pulled it out, asking him if he'd read it yet. "I'm two chapters in, it's great so far". After a quick chat, he sat back down and our server came over to the table. "How's that book?" he asked, making conversation, but without knowledge of the book itself. I answered, acknowledging that I hadn't started it yet, but "the guy over there is 2 chapters in and I know my pastor has read it. The author spoke at our church in May and based upon his story, I know this book should be great."
The server took a photo of the book and a few moments later, came back and asked where me and my son went to church at. I told him and a few moments later, he came back again. "What are the times you guys meet?" In answer, I gave him our service times and I also gave him my card, mentioning that he should text me if he ever came, so that he wasn't sitting alone. After finishing up, he brought us our bill and told me that he was going to make the commitment to coming to church. TONIGHT. If not for seeing that tire that needed to be changed, if not for Costco having too long of a wait, and if not for that book, written by a guy who has experienced far too much pain in this life, this conversation might never have happened. Today could have sucked, but instead it turned out to be one of the most awesome moments that I've been able to be a part of.
I don't know if he came or not, he didn't text me, but I do know this. In all, there were a whole lot of people involved in planting this seed, from the author of the book, to my pastor, to my buddy Jeremy who was sitting across my table at lunch today. Gio, the server was inquisitive and open and if he didn't come this week, he may still come another week. I've come to realize that all I need to be is an open door. If it takes a village to get just one person through that door, then let me be one of the villagers. This village called Yakima, WA is changing and it's just getting started. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 35. #MakeItImpossible #ThroughTheEyesOfALion