And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
The service was just starting as I found my place in the choir loft last Sunday. The music started and immediately my eyes found Jon, keeping beat with the rhythm, slightly bouncing his knee up and down. It made me smile to see this sweet boy acknowledging worship in the Lord’s house.
I first told you about Jon in 2015 and I thought it would be neat to give you an update of how God continues to bless this boy and his family.
Jon is now 20 years old and he’s still defying the odds. He’s currently a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, majoring in mathematics. He’ll be going into the engineering program in the fall semester and it’s no surprise to regularly find Jon’s name on the Dean’s list.
Employed with a major government firm, Jon does CADnet drafting and actually started this job when in high school. Every morning he drives himself across town and navigates the madness of campus parking to make his classes on time. This still makes his momma a little nervous, but trusting God with Jon is old hat for my friend these days.
If ever God’s hand has been on a child, it’s Jon.
Four years ago, right around Easter, Jon felt the Lord pursuing his heart on a Sunday morning. His older brother, David, sweetly led Jon in the sinner’s prayer as he asked Jesus into his heart. It was an unforgettable day of rejoicing for all, especially mom and dad.
Jon faithfully attends the college ministry meetings at the local Pike House Coffee shop with a determined attentiveness. There have been a few times Jon’s dutifully given the college pastor an update on the time, after all, punctuality is important for success, right?
To run into Jon in the hallways at church makes my day. He always gives me a hug and says; “Hi! How are you, Melanie?” I always reply, “I’m good, Jon, how about you?” “I’m good,” he says, always. That’s our routine, and it’s sweet.
He’s still got that wit and can land the one-liners with perfect timing.
He gets more handsome every day and he’s always a true gentleman.
And he’s now an uncle which brings a new dimension of fun for the whole family.
The obstacles that Jon has overcome in his 20 short years are a true testimony to God’s faithfulness.
Months after Jon’s birth, the unknowns for Mike and Kelli were paralyzing some days.
There were times that fear shrouded any visions of what they could imagine for their boy today.
But my goodness … God has outdone Himself with Jon.
I’ve watched my friends trust, day by day, consistently giving God glory for the victories … and it’s truly been victory after victory with Jon.
Trusting God in the darkness is hard … but what a testimony of trust we see in this family.
And so on this Light It Up Blue Day … Jon’s story is a good reminder that when we can’t see what’s up ahead … we need to remember who can.
To look back at all that God’s done … here’s the link to my original post about Jon.