I would like to share an amazing story with you my friends. Many of you know that I did many years in prison. Given the opportunity, would I change it? I can say absolutely not. Why you may ask? Prison is where I met my best friend and many good brothers. My best friend happens to be Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.
I met a guy in prison many years ago. It was before I ever knew anything about Jesus Christ, God, or the Holy Spirit. I was living in the flesh full throttle. I was in the long-term segregation unit in El Dorado under investigation for my conduct. One day they released me from segregation and placed me in his living unit. He got me a job in the laundry and we became good friends. We looked out for one another until he was transferred to Lansing.
That’s the last time I ever saw him until the year 2008. I was in Lansing max where I found the Lord in 2007. They did a parole violation on him in New York and sent him back to Kansas to do his time. Where did they send him? Exactly! Lansing max. He ran into me on the yard and we had the opportunity to catch up. I told him all about giving my life to God and he didn’t seem to mind. He did his little 90 day parole violation and was on his way.
I didn’t know if I would ever see him again to be honest. Six years later I get a letter in the mail from him. He told me he was living in Baltimore, Maryland and was going through some trials and tribulations. He later mentioned that he might head this way. Saturday night my wife and I were camping in the front yard for the fun of it.
As I was about to fall asleep I saw a flash of light go through the tent. I got up and saw headlights coming down the drive way. It came to a stop and a man exited the vehicle. I thought to myself who could it be this late at night. I unzipped the tent door quietly and stepped outside into the fresh night air while observing the man in question.
I took a deep breath and said can I help you? The man immediately said, “Teter is that you?” I said yes. He said, “it’s me Mark.” I thought wow this is crazy. I went up to him and we slapped hands just like we did in the joint while smiling at one another. We talked for a bit. Suddenly the Lord placed it on my heart to invite him to stay the night and join us for church the next morning. He said he would love to. That was a real blessing.
We all got up the next morning, we got ready for church, and then we were on our way. It was exciting to watch how the Holy Spirit was moving him. As John 8:32 says; If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free. The guest speaker ended by doing an altar call inviting anyone who doesn’t know Jesus down to the front. My bro stood up, slid between the pews, and went forward. It was the most amazing experience my friends. I got to see my bro give his life to the Lord, I could see the relief in his eyes, and the peace in his heart.
After church we went and had lunch. We talked for quite some time, went back to the house, and he was on his way. If some one would have told me ten years ago that Mark and I would be riding in the same car traveling to church that he may give his life to the Lord I would have just laughed. Goes to show, we have absolutely no clue what the Lord has in store for us. He is the grand designer of all things and it’s a beautiful thing as well.