Nathan was a kid in our neighborhood. For the past 7 years or so my daughter and my son played with him, sometimes at our house and at other times at his. His yard was one of the best places in the neighborhood to play soccer, have nerf wars or play Star Wars. I can’t tell you how many times my kids have asked if they could go see if Nathan was home, to see if he could play.
I did not mind this at all. Nathan was a great kid. Early in life he accepted Jesus as his Savior and it showed in his life. He was always positive, kind and considerate. He approached life with the attitude of “what great thing can we do today?” and generally, he would himself generate those great things. I remember speaking one time at his school and he actually came up and asked me how I was doing and that started a great conversation. It was the first time I had actually ever spend time talking with him, and it would not be the last. He was sharp, though being a boy he hated school work. He was the kind of kid you would not mind your daughter dating. Nathan was extremely talented. He enjoyed snowboarding but his talents really showed when he was kicking a soccer ball. He is part of the reason my son became interested in the sport.
On Friday, November 14th, 2014, unexpectedly he went to be with the Lord…
A guy in the hotel room next to them was being careless with a gun…
He was a good kid – the “careless” guy had a criminal record.
And you wonder… why the Good kid Lord? Why the good one?
or – why a kid at all?
When we spent some time with the parents on Sunday other questions came to mind, like why them? They are outstanding Christians, love the Lord and were raising their son to do the same. Saying this is a struggle for them is an understatement. Their son is gone, the house is empty and there will be no more soccer games to enjoy or trips to the mountains to snowboard.
Why them Lord? Why them?
Without even vocalizing the things that were going through my mind Nathan’s dad made this statement.
“God has a purpose for this happening, though we do not know what it is.”
After all, faith is not having all the answers and trusting God anyway. He is always good, even in times like these. Faith is holding on to that truth when you really just want to let it go. Faith doesn’t make the pain go away magically, but it does give you strength to make it through the pain.
The neighborhood will be a little quieter.
The activity a bit less
Hearts will ache, and tears will flow from time to time because Nathan will be missed
but there is hope
for the next time we ask Nathan if he can come out and play will be in heaven
and we look forward to that day.