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Gotcha Day

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            This has been a whirlwind week to say the least, but God has been there in the midst of it all.  You may think that Vicki and I don’t have a life apart from our grandchildren, but we do.  We have her Dad and Mom, my Mom, our sisters, her brothers, and all those nieces and nephews (plus all the rest).

            This past Saturday, Vicki and I got on the phone and sang Happy Birthday to our niece, Hannah, from Tulsa.  She turned four and has been such a bright spot in the lives of our family.  Her momma and daddy are so proud of her and thankful that God brought her into their lives.

            After we sang to Hannah we dialed Chasity’s number.  She answered and we sang Happy Gotcha Day to Amayah.  Amayah listened to us and then said Thank you Papa and Memaw.  We really love that little girl even though she is a little bit on the ornery side at times.  She gets that from her Memaw!

            I’m sure you are wondering about the Gotcha Day.  Well let me explain.  It all started five years ago.  Chasity began talking about adopting a child.  After a period of time and ton of paper work plus a lot of prayer she got the call.  Her new little girl had been born and she was ready to be picked up.

            The really big issue was that she was in Kinshasa, the DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  In just a short period of time Chasity and I were leaving for Kinshasa to meet this little girl.  After making the trip we arrived in Kinshasa and made it to the place where we would be staying along with all the other parents to be.

            It still took a day or so to get all the details worked out, but finally, they called and said they were on the way with the children.  The children ranged in ages from 8 months (Amayah) to a couple that were 4 to 5 years old.  So it was on January 28 that Amayah became a Nachtigall.

            Chasity had a sign made up that said – Gotcha Day, January 28, 2013.  I took a picture of her holding Amayah and it was placed in the photo album of that time.  We made our way back to Amarillo and had a small family reunion in the Rick Husband Airport.  Shortly after that Amayah then turned 1 year old on May 13, 2013. 

            Chasity continues to celebrate Amayah’s Gotcha Day because that was when she officially became a part of our family.  It was an exciting day to say the least.

            But that made me stop and think.  You see, I was born, well, you don’t need to know the date, and my parents celebrated the fact they had a son.  But my Dad was more concerned that his son come to know Christ as my Savior and Lord.  When I was 8 years old, I turned to my Dad at the end of a service and told him I wanted to be saved.  He said we would talk about it when we got home.

            We walked across the street to our house and went straight to their bedroom.  Dad shared with me how to be saved and how much God loved me.  He said that God loved me so much that He sent His one and only Son into this world that if I would believe in Him, I would never die, but have everlasting life.

            I told Dad that is what I wanted.  He told me to pray and tell Jesus what I wanted Him to do.  It was then I asked Jesus to come into my heart, to save me from my sin and give me a new life with Him.  We got up from beside their bed and Dad said – “Now God has you and you will be His forever.”

            That was my “Gotcha Day.”  From that day forward I knew that I was God’s even when I didn’t always do what I was supposed to do.  Yes, I strayed away, but God never turned loose of me because of my ‘Gotcha Day’ when I was 8 years old.  God’s Word promises us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5).

            When a person asks Jesus to come into their heart, forgive them of their sins and surrenders to Him as Lord in their lives, He will save their soul.  It will be their ‘Gotcha Day’!  Life won’t suddenly get easier but He promises to walk with us through each day.

            It is my prayer that each person would have their own ‘Gotcha Day’ in their life.  If you don’t have it in your life, call on Jesus.  He’s waiting to hear from you and begin celebrating your ‘Gotcha Day’!  Remember – “for Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul