Why My Dad?
Throughout my entire life, my dad has been someone people remember. Whether it was as a coach, a pastor or as a friend. Once you know Tom O’Keefe, you never forget him. He draws people in with his joy for life. Where he looks around and see’s the good. He has taught me to be the good that people see. To let our actions, speak to others. No matter what’s going on with him or any of us, he reminds me that someone else has it worse. Where sacrificing his comfort for someone else comes as second nature. But the root of all of this is how his faith drives every moment of every day. People see this in him, and are encouraged. He is an influence to everyone who knows him.
As this situation has rolled out, people have expressed their sympathy and have been more generous to our family than I could ever imagine possible. But a reoccurring subject has caught me off guard. People have rejoiced at how many people’s faith my Dad is influencing. How his joy and personal tribute to the work of the Lord is changing lives. And it is… but why does it have to be my dad? Why did my dad have to get cancer? I look at the life he has led and the work he has done for others and can’t fathom why that is not enough.
My first emotion in all of this was anger. Anger that this disease controls so many people’s lives. Anger that this is happening at this point in my life. Anger that it is my dad going through this. Then it hit me, God chose him, because he knows my dad better than he knows himself. Every reason that I am angry, is a reason why God chose my dad. Because he is awesome. He has the strength and devotion to use this for will of the Lord. One life would be enough of a reason, but my dad is influencing hundreds of lives.
“God has A REASON for allowing things to happen. We may never understand his wisdom but we simply have to TRUST HIS WILL.” –Psalm 37:5
So now I trust. I can understand why it is my dad. And I am so proud of him.