It was 6:30 and the phone rang. It was my good friend, Loren. The voice said; “Well he got the report. J.D. has cancer pretty much all over. It cannot be treated. He has four months. We had anticipated bad news, but not that bad.
J.D. had been working with serious pain right up to now in his 26 year old Machine Shop every day. Loren said to me; “Can you help sell the business as soon as possible?” Loren had a very successful shop of his own before his retirement. I had experience in marketing and was in Commercial RealEstate before my retirement.
The fear was that things would deteriorate and that there would not be time to sell, and there was also the heavy impact of pain killers would prohibit J.T’s participation in the process. By the next day a National Advertisement was prepared and a brochure was designed, and the networking began; all dedicated to sell quickly despite the display of panic that was overriding everything. The wife, Pat – chronically ill herself, was unable to deal with any of it.
A prayer chain was engaged, and payer commenced for grace and resolution where recovery was truly doubtful. The possibilities of a sale were questionable.
If this appears to be the beginning of ” a miraculous tale” – you have guessed it. There was an initial trickle of response that we quickly sifted; based upon the probabilities of an early close. Although the seller’s offer was made to assist in any transition, provide financing, and entertain “reasonable” bids: we began to see, even in this troubled economy and abundance of available business opportunities, strong, qualified answers to our proposals. Loren had virtually taken up residence at the shop, faithfully moving things along, fielding all requests and professionally reacting to every opportunity.
Within days, we had a line forming- consisting of five qualified offers, mostly full price, cash. They were being pursued and evaluated. Then came the offer from left field; a local shop owner who closed the deal with a full price, all cash offer of $150,000.00. That would be a marvelous thing in itself, but now we come to the cup running over part… there was, entirely separate, a payment of $20,000 as a gift personally to J. D’s wife Pat – “just because”. Now, unquestionably, that was the “God thing”.
We know this; all of the parties were deeply Christian both in desire and deed. A.J. has made his peace and after a full life of 72 years he looks to a time beyond that of stupefying pain killers, and to be “home with his Father”. Pat knows the freedom from the intense financial concerns on top of everything else. Loran and I are experiencing the incredible joy of addressing the commandment to love one another tangibly. The buyer? Ah, the buyer had the joy of being God’s instrument in providing the rest of of Luke’s words in Chapter 6:35 by providing “Good measure, pressed down (into her hands) and totally “running over” what could have ever been anticipated .
And, Oh yes… God surely smiled at the whole thing and probably said; “And, what did I tell you? I take care of ALL those who love me.” He did- every one of us.