SHOW ME THY WAYS, O LORD
Journeys vary from person to person, and we were about to embark upon one that was entirely unfamiliar for us and so we were asking the Lord to direct our paths. Knowing absolutely nothing about formal arraignments or indictment hearings, criminal lawyers or bail bondsmen we began our excursion.
Jim however, was determined and in a hurry to find a lawyer and someone who would bail him out of jail asap. We called all the names he gave us and some that we found on our own, not one would touch Jim after what had happened the first time.
HE SHALL DIRECT MY PATHS
My husband made a few calls and found a veteran who gave him the name of a lawyer who actually fought just for the military vets.
When we called him we found him to be very passionate about helping the soldiers who came home from war with no help available, many of whom were also addicts. He found Jimmy's felony charges to be the norm with veterans and he said he would gladly do some checking on his own and get back to us, he also mentioned he had a good friend who was a bondsman.
GOD'S WAY OR NO WAY
His retainer fee was $2000.00 which we didn't have and we would not put our home up as collateral because we couldn't afford to lose it. Jim would have to stay put and use his air force pay, pending his approval of this particular lawyer.
We had to inform Jimmy, that he was going to have to stay exactly where he was until God worked this all out! Personally I felt he was safer in jail then out on the street doing drugs.
He eventually realized that and agreed to wait for
the Lord's help, which was a big step for him.
SYMPTOMS OF DETOX BEGAN TO FADE
As Jimmy's withdrawal symptoms began to fade he began to sound more like our son that we had raised. There was a much calmer tone in his voice, his sentences were clearer and more concise, still he had a long haul ahead of him.
The attorney Don had found eventually met with Jimmy in the jail, and they agreed he would handle Jim's case. Jim was chiefly enthusiastic knowing that this lawyer had a friend who was a bondsman and that he would talk to him about helping Jimmy get out of jail in the course of time.
SEIZURES AND A FIGHT
In the meantime, we learned that Jimmy was having seizures once again and there were other inmates that had been bullying him, he finally went right up to them and said,
"Okay, lets settle this once and for all!"
With that a fight broke out and Jimmy was able to take the guys down one at time even with his broken wrist. Ending the intimidation and terrorizing that was occurring in Jim's pod made jail just a little bit better for Jimmy to be able to cope.
LOCK DOWNS AND NO SLEEP
There was much trouble sleeping most nights for Jim, do to the felons on the opposite of his wall who were screaming throughout the night and he also had a hard time when the correctional officers put his unit on "Lock Down!"
Lock downs occurred when the units were short staffed or whenever there were disruptive inmates. The length of time they had to stay in their cramped cells varied which agitated Jimmy, so he learned to read during those times and it seemed to help him pass the time.
TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY FOR THE GOOD AND BAD DAYS
Jimmy would read The Bible and he also called home to ask his dad for some recommendations for other reading materials. He read some of the Christian Martyrs autobiographies, along with The Stones Cry Out. This is when we began to see Jim truly turning around as he was also asking for prayer.
There were still really good days and some truly horrible days. Jim was never comfortable being cooped up or closed in and the small cells didn't help. So he signed on to clean the pods they were in, sweeping floors and wiping down the tables and such in the evening hours.
JESUS IS ALWAYS ON CALL
It wasn't long before Jimmy began to feel the forgiveness and the love of Jesus once again!
Months passed and Jimmy began to get impatient, and
then we learned his trial date was set.
My mind often thought about the words to this song when
I thought of what Jimmy was going through.
CHRIST KNEW JIMMY--YET HE LOVED HIM And Jimmy was on Jesus' mind, while he hung on the cross for all his sins!
Jesus loves your Prodigal also!
When He Was On the Cross - Sue Dodge
There's an anointing on Sue as she sings this awesome song.