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Indel”LEE”ble – 11/26/2017

I’ve been praying about writing this blog for the past week. The signs are too strong to ignore any longer. You know, we walk around on this earth acting like it is the things we see that make up our experience, when actually it is the things we don’t see that influence what is going on here. I’m going to have to let this flow out in a way that may seem strange, because I don’t know how to explain it. So I’ll start with what snapped me to attention, and why the title of this piece is the actual message.

Over a week ago a co-worker of mine unexpectedly died. When they made the announcement, on the workroom floor, the air was sucked out of the building. Disbelief, shock, pain. The man who crossed over is/was named Lee Mason. Never in my life have I met a person who was so liked/loved by so many people. I don’t say that lightly. Lee had a spirit like an angel. His laugh made me smile, and his smile, well, there are not enough words to capture the magic it contained.

Indelible is defined as: impossible to remove, erase, or wash away. Unable to be forgotten; memorable. As I went for a run this morning, I felt like Lee was with me. The word indelible (Indel’LEE’ble) kept repeating over and over. The power lines along my route vibrated with a pulse that I could hear. I’m sure it was the cold making them hum, but the word would not stop playing in my head. Upon returning home I tried to do normal things. I talked on the phone to my folks, started a load of laundry, and made some tea, trying to push it aside. Inside, I knew I’d have to write about it today, because the ‘pull’ came from somewhere else.

The thought, “To whom much is given, much is required,” popped into my mind. As a new believer, I knew it was in the Bible, but I didn’t know where. I pushed that aside, too. Then I started watching the Netflix recap show called “Beyond Stranger Things” and this is where it gets weird. In V1: E5 toward the end, they go to a clip with Sean Astin where he uses that very same quote! Mind you, this is a very short time apart, me having the thought and him saying the words. Coincidence? No way! So I looked it up.

Luke 12:48 “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

How does this all tie together? I have to put my trust in God to finish these words. To be lead by experience is one thing, but to follow the spirit is another. Do not be afraid to go to the places where your heart calls you. Lee Mason is/was a gift to all of us who knew him. I’m sure all of us who did have the privilege, could each expand on a story as to why he is/was the epitome of what it means to walk as Jesus Christ walked. Of course, he was a man and no doubt had faults and insecurities of his own, but you would never know it. Lee held himself with a conviction and loving kindness that never wavered. If we could all live that way the world would be a better place.

Listen to your instincts, follow the signs, and allow yourself to stretch beyond what is comfortable. There are forces at work here, in this earthly dimension, that we do not see. I’ve written about it before, but when it slaps you in the face do not ignore it. So from Lee, comes “Indel”LEE”ble that we may never forget him, but that we will carry on with the love that expands and connects us in ways we often fail to comprehend. Be kind, take time for your fellow humans, and know that you are not ALONE. None of us may understand why such a beautiful soul was called home so soon, but I guarantee you that his light will shine on forever.

P.S. – I’m SUPPOSED to share this… On the way home from attending his visitation the first song I heard was from the movie City of Angels, “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls and the second one was “Home” by Phillip Phillips. I cried, but laughed too, because I knew it was from him to his wife, Sarah. I hesitate to add this, but I’m just a messenger, so I’ll do what I’m told.

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  • Bill Clark November 26, 2017, 9:15 pm

    Kim,
    I understand the feeling, the search for why, and the trying to come to terms with the loss of someone special. I lost my best friend of 38 years last February and a co-worker passed three months ago over the weekend without any indication of anything being wrong. I wrote about Dennis in my blog, but did not come close to your realizations that were brought to you. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, I know it hurts. I am also glad that you are searching to work things out in your mind and within your faith. Thank you for sharing this.

    Bill

  • Ken Eady November 26, 2017, 9:12 pm

    Great article! . Im sure all of us feel the loss.

  • Kim November 26, 2017, 8:15 pm

    Lee Masons smile did indeed light up the room. As you mentioned, I am sure he had his own crosses to bear, so to speak, but I NEVER, heard or felt any negative vibes or feelings from him. One short story that will always stay with me: Last summer during growing season, I saw a great big zip lock bag of green beans on someone’s case, I am not even sure whose it was. I asked them where they got the beautiful fresh green beans and they said from Lee. I told him that those sure were nice beans! He asked if I wanted him to bring me some. I said “no, that’s ok, you don’t need to bring me any.” They just looked so perfect, so clean and looked like they were put in the zip lock bag with love! I would probably have just thrown them in a Walmart bag, had I been the one giving them. I mean after working all day in the heat, on a walking route such as his! He said he would bring me some, that he didn’t eat them, he just enjoyed growing them and giving them to people. Guess what was on my case the next day when I got back to the office? And I will always remember Lee that way, giving unto others with nothing expected in return. Sweet, sweet man.

  • Jay November 26, 2017, 1:51 pm

    Kim, I am first and foremost so proud of you and the Faith journey you are on! Secondly, what a beautiful dedication to and if our dear friend Lee. What a wonderful man we have lost, but Heaven has gained. Thank you for 1. Following your heart 2. Sharing this blog. Katrina and I absolutely loved it!

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