The last time I visited Robert, he wasn’t his usual happy, outgoing self. He seemed depressed. So, I waited quietly, giving him time to gather his thoughts and share with me whatever he wanted to share, and that’s just what Robert did.
Robert told me that he just received notice from the Department of Corrections in Madison that any action on his request to be granted parole had been deferred for eighteen months.
Robert also told me that he has been in prison for nearly 36 years and that he has been eligible for parole for the last 10 years. He was obviously frustrated.
Robert was even more concerned about his parents who are now in their early 80s. What if our Lord takes one or both of his parents home to heaven before he is released from prison? Robert asked me, “What can I do?”
I didn’t answer Robert’s question. Instead, I asked him how he would answer his own question. After a few seconds of silence between us, Robert answered, “Trust Jesus.” I was very happy to tell Robert that his answer was the right answer. In fact, he couldn’t have been more right. I reminded him that “all things work together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28 EHV) and that begins with trusting in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven. It continues with trusting in his loving care each and every day.
Neither Robert nor I know how God will keep his promise to make “all things work together for the good of those who love God,” but we are both sure that God will. The God who gave his Son for all sinners will never fail to keep his promises, especially those he makes to his children!