God works in mysterious ways. Where did this phrase come from? God was surely at work today for my family, especially my father. Today was the annual Boone Family Reunion at White Oak Church near Nashville, NC. The boys had a good time and got silver dollars from their great Uncle Warren. My dad had been out of town that weekend, and didn't think he would come to the reunion, but came home early.
Since our car was full, Derek's grandmother (Alice) rode with my parents, along with my dad's aunt. On the way home Alice started feeling sick and asked my dad to pull the car over. He took the nearest exit as he certainly didn't want her to get sick in the car and she was already heaving from the backseat. Luckily, Uncle Warren's house is right off the exit and he was already home from the reunion so they stopped there. While everybody waited on Alice, Uncle Warren told my dad that he had something for him.
It turns out that my grandfather (My dad's dad) had given his then 12-year-old brother-in-law his Navy issued knife when he got home from WWII and was married in 1944. This knife was the only thing he had with him when his ship was sunk during WWII and most likely saved his life. He had to defend himself against Japanese men in the water and also sharks. My dad and I had both heard stories about my grandfather's WWII time, but never knew anything about the knife or that my great Uncle Warren had it. Our entire family was just amazed about how God worked to show that knife to my dad that day. Uncle Warren had never mentioned it to my dad in all the years he's been alive, or even at the time of my grandfather's death in 2003. He gave the knife to my dad who treasures it and I know how it is a great reminder of the sacrifice his father and many others made for our country.