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Conversations With My Daddy: If I Could Take Your Place

Until the age of 35, I had always had health issues. Me and the word “normal” did not go together as far as the doctors were concerned. I will be 42 in just a few days. And with the exception of 25 lbs, mostly in my hips and backside – I am in the best health of my life! What I am sharing with you today, however, comes from a time when I was at some of my sickest.

Here’s the scene: The year is 1999. It’s November. I am in the hospital paralyzed from the neck down. In walks my daddy. For as long as I can remember, he called me “Little Miss Inspiration.” He even gave me a trophy engraved with it when I was in 6th grade having back surgery due to Scoliosis. He teared up upon seeing his little girl (even though I was a grown woman, married and 3 sons of my own) lying there seemingly helpless. He walked over to me & kissed me on the check and whispered in my ear, “Cam, Miss Little Inspiration. If I could take your place – I would in a heartbeat. It’s so hard for your daddy to see you like this.”

Now in all honesty… Daddy & I had that part of the conversation several times before in different situations with my health. But, when we were alone in the room this time, we talked about how what he was feeling as a father in no way compared to what our Real Father went through with His Son on the Cross. Dad & I didn’t have a choice about my being sick. But God could have chosen not to send His Son – Jesus.

But God….. in His Love for us created a bridge for us to come to Him. And by Jesus’ stripes – we can be healed. While I’m beyond thankful to have received the Miracle of being healed… if I didn’t know Jesus as my Lord and Savior – frankly, it wouldn’t mean a thing. For at some point in this life – I will die a physical death unless Jesus returns before then.

How can today be “Good Friday?” Because God is good. And as brutal as Jesus’ death was on the Cross – God was still good. Even while I was paralyzed from the neck down…. God was good. And even with my earthly daddy being in Heaven – God is good. Heaven is not greater because Larry is there.

So, dear reader, let me ask you….

How long has it been since you’ve had a conversation with God?

And do you realize Jesus took your place that fateful day on the Cross?

It is my prayer that if you do not know Jesus as your Lord & Savior.. and do not call God – your Real Father – that today will be the day you do.

As always, you’ve been prayed for.

My Inspiration Comes From My Real Father For There Is None Greater


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4 Responses

  1. Camey: great story! As a father there were many times I wished I could have taken the place of my girls. When Tami was the last one cut from the high school basketball team her Jr. Year and cried on my shoulder, I wished I could have taken her place. When janna found herself in a college accounting class that she had no business being in…nah I wouldn’t have lasted either. 🙂 So many times I wanted to protect and do for and live for but couldn’t. I am glad though that my real Father could and did. dangerous prayers being said for you and yours.

  2. cameyg says:

    Bill: Thanks for sharing what you did in response! Thank you for the dangerous prayers.. backatya!

  3. tomraines says:

    Wow, you have touched my heart. Thanks for your testimony. I am inspired.

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