With the outpouring of sympathy from Readers of 1967beetle.com, Eric offered the opportunity and the space to pen something about my life. I welcomed the opportunity.
By now most have read that I suffered a major stroke to my small bowel. After 3 days of intense pain and intensive research by both the ER and ICU teams of a major hospital in the Dallas area, a surgeon was called. Taking from the research and my present condition, he ordered immediate surgery. This saved my life. I will be some months or even a year recuperating. This is where a new epoc of my life begins.
But, I want to say, first—a heart-felt thank-you to all of you who have had kind thoughts towards me, who have written, sent sympathy cards and who have called via telephone. I have had indications of your loving care from around the World. I am humbled.
One Reader called from Canada and asked to pray for me over the phone.
Years ago, a person came to our house to look at a Beetle which I had for sale. As we talked into the evening, our conversation turned to more substantive things. As this person and I talked we determined that we had a common bond because of our faith in God for our Salvation through Jesus Christ.
Many of you are going to say
“What does this have to do with Volkswagens—why this?”
Here’s what I said to my customer: “Now, we are getting to what I REALLY like to talk about. We talk about this old Bug but it is going get wrecked, rust, burn up or be stolen. Our Faith cannot be taken from us!”
It goes to what is important in life.
I gave myself to God through Jesus Christ as a youth. I have not regretted it—not one bit. God has been merciful to me these 80 years. Through good and through bad—He has remained Faithful. I accept the “bad” as I have joyfully accepted the good in life.
How can I deny this God who has been so Faithful to me!
As I was alone in the rehabilitation center recently, this thought struck me between the eyes.
Yes, I know the priorities in life. But how thoroughly have I evidenced this to my family; to my friends; to the World?
Suddenly, I thought: “When I lay on that stretcher, essentially dying 2 times, I had not one thought of—who is going to mow the lawns? Who is going to maintain the cars? No—none of this even slightly crossed my mind. Why had I spent life so preoccupied with “stuff”?
I later learned that my wife told our daughter—“Your father has changed!”
I could not stop telling people about this God Who has upheld me for all of these years.
Never have I been one to keep my Faith quiet. But I sensed an urgency. I looked for opportunity to speak with the nurses, the doctors, the technicians, the therapists. Anyone.
Oh, yes—have no fear! I love VWs. Oh, do I love them. But one them is not going to be towed behind the hearse carrying me to the cemetery so that I can drive it in eternity!
Although I continue here, my compass is pointed heavenward. There’s still some Volkswagening to be done! Let’s do it.
But, let us remember that there are higher priorities.