As I have shared with you before, I found God while doing time in Lansing Correctional Facility. I was housed in D cell house for quite some time on the third level, middle of the run. This particular housing unit was coined “animal house,” which I believe speaks for itself. Believe it or not, this is where I was when I got on my knees and said “God, if you’re real, show me.” This was the beginning of a great journey that I am still living this day, almost six years later. I must add it is only by the GRACE of a loving God.
One beautiful afternoon I came in from the yard after a good run, and workout. As I was venturing to my cell to grab my shower gear I noticed the cell next to me was empty. I thought to myself, I wonder what happened. Turns out that old boy got into it with the police and taken to segregation. Reminds me of this Scripture. Proverbs 16:9 which says; In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Simply Divine Intervention:) After showers we have to lock-down for count, which means absolutely no inmate movement. After count is clear they begin running evening meal line, yard, and then showers again.
After all the showers have been ran it is time to lock down for the evening. I was lying on my bunk when I heard the door next to me hammer open. I heard the voice of a young man talking crazy to the officer in charge. When he entered the cell the door smashed closed behind him. Today I know without doubt this was a God thing. This youngster was suffering from a severe case of pride. Proverbs 11:2 says; Pride leads to disgrace, while humility brings wisdom. This is one of the first Scriptures I was able to share with him.
I began to speak to him on a regular basis and he was something else. I will describe him as a true blessing. He was 19 years old, lost in a crazy world, African-American, and trying to make a name for himself. First thing I noticed about him was that had a severe speech impediment. When he was out and about the people he called his own would seriously mess with him, laugh at him, and make jokes about him. They did this until he was ready to fight.
One night I said kid what is you name, he said Leroy. I said Leroy, you have a great amount to learn kid. How much time are you doing? He replied, 40 years. I said wow! That is a lot of time brother. He said something crazy. I asked him if he had ever heard about Jesus Christ, he said no. I said Jesus is the greatest thing that could ever happen to a man who doesn’t know him. Would you mind if I tell you a little about Jesus, he said no, go ahead. I said thank you Lord. Proverbs 16:3 says; Commit your work to whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. That is exactly what I was doing.
Leroy and I became pretty good friend over a period of time. He was such a good kid with great potential. We had nick names for one another. Mine was Tet, and his was Can’t Get Right. Boy he loved that, he knew it was a term of endearment. If anyone else called him that he was ready to fight.
It was about 2:30 in the morning and we were talking back and forth to one another once again. My sentence was getting close to the end and he asked, Tet, what are you going to do when you get out? I said I am going to come back in here to share the love of Jesus Christ with all who will listen. He became very excited saying really, you really going to do that. I said without doubt brother. Then I said good night kid.
With God, all things are possible. Well, I was released a year later, then that day came on the last Wednesday of June, 2012. I traveled back to Lansing to share the Good News about Jesus with many I had done time with . I entered the visitation room, waited, then began walking down the corridor to Admissions and Discharge leading to the yard. The door opened, I took a deep breath and began to move forward. There was the yard, it was packed. On the other side was many buildings inmates work in.
As I was walking I began to hear the word Tet from every direction. It was an awesome feeling. Then I heard this very distinct voice I will never forget as long as I shall live. It was the voice of a young man who just needed a friend, someone to talk to and listen to him. With great joy I yelled Can’t Get Right, he jumped up and ran to the fence yelling my name. He was so excited he couldn’t get his words out, he was so filled with joy. He knew it was me because of the term of endearment. He shot his hands up in the air and said I love you Jesus, I give my life to you.
It was so awesome friends. We spoke for a couple of minutes and he said you did it Tet, you did it man. I remember the night in D cell house when you said you would be back to do this. You kept your promise to me, I said Leroy, without Jesus it wouldn’t have happened. That is the greatest day of my life friends, I will cherish that moment forever. It is truly amazing because I hadn’t seen Leroy for almost five years. His eyes began to glisten, I knew the Lord had touched his heart.
I met Leroy in D cell house, told him about Jesus, then told him I would be back to share. When the time came for me to share almost 4.5 years later, our loving God placed Leroy in the perfect spot just so he would see me come back in and be able to speak to him. Romans 8:28 says; And God cause all things to work together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Is that amazing or what? That is simply God.
All I can say is thank you God for your Son Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross for all our sins. I seek your face humble for your will in my life earnestly. I love you God, I pray that the words you just gave me touch the hearts of anyone who reads them. May they bring hope, joy, encouragement to their lives. Lord I pray you continue to use me to speak your Word in a great and mighty way. This is my passion, I love you Father. I pray in the name of your wonderful Son Jesus Christ, Amen! Have a wonderful day!