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“Keith” – It Was a Short Friendship….But a Good One!

30 Jun

Sitting in a local truck-stop about midnight with some friends when a guy from another table came over to ours’.  Keith was a truck driver from a town about an hour away. He said, “I could tell from overhearing you guys that you believe in God.”  He went on to say, “I’m in a bad way, I need help.” He then began to pour his heart out to us. Turned out that his wife had left him for his best friend and he was about a low as a man could be. We talked with him for an hour or so, then prayed with him to receive Jesus.

I made it a point to call Keith at least once a week, which I did for a couple of months. He’d have a lot of bad days and a good one here and there. Then one week he called me. I vividly remember the call. He said, “You know you’re always calling me to check in and cheer me up, but today I’m having a really good day….and I just wanted to call and say thank you. I think I’m going to be OK.”  

Tried to call him a couple weeks later, but no answer. I tried to call him at least a dozen times over the next month. I bumped into a longtime friend from Keith’s hometown and asked him if he knew Keith. He said that he did and then told me that Keith had been found dead in his truck about a month before of an apparent heart attack. My friend told me about his funeral and said that Keith’s folks had no idea of his decision to receive Jesus.

It was really rewarding to be able to call Keith’s mom and tell her about our midnight truck-stop meeting. You can imagine the peace that it gave her. I also got the opportunity to meet his son a few months later and tell him that his Dad belonged to the Lord….and would be waiting for him in heaven. I think of Keith often and how blessed I was to know him….even if it was just for a short time.

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14 responses to ““Keith” – It Was a Short Friendship….But a Good One!

  1. Johnny Parker

    June 30, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I love starting my morning with good news. Thank you Lord!

     
  2. 777aliehs

    June 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

    We never know how much the things our Father lays on our heart to do is going to impact others in powerful ways!!! Rock on, saint, as many need you to keep shining our Father’s love and light!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this precious story!!! 🙂

     
  3. dustinmurrayok

    June 30, 2015 at 7:26 am

    That is awesome!!

     
  4. Lawrence Aston

    June 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    That’s great!

     
  5. Marki Laughlin

    June 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Wow! I love it!

     
  6. ricky evetts

    June 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Andy Taylor, you are a great man and I am glad Keith and you became.friends. And as I was reading your blog I realized how lucky we all our to have friends who care about us. Love ya, Sherriff Taylor and God bless.

     
    • Andy R Taylor

      July 1, 2015 at 7:10 am

      Hey Ricky! So you know they guy who told me of Keith’s death, right?!!

       
  7. ricky evetts

    July 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I remember him , Andy. Lol He used to be a little wild, but old age has seemed to settle him down quite a bit. Enjoy your blogs and I know our friend, Keith would have enjoyed them. God bless and keep blogging cowboy!!

     
  8. Jerrie Sue Pearson

    September 27, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I was Keith’s sister-in-law for several years. I gave Keith a ride to his truck on the 4th of July before his death and he shared with me about your meeting at the truck stop. He smiled the whole time he told me about your conversation. There was a sparkle in Keith eyes and I knew he had found God. Keith always had a big soft heart. I know God brought the two of you together that day. Thank you and Good Bless You

     
    • Andy R Taylor

      September 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Wow!! I love that!! Tank you so much! I look forward to seeing him again!

       

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