My heart is broken hearing about the loss of my childhood friend, Chad Walker. Continuing to pray 4 his twin brother & family. #TeamChad
— Josh Waugh (@joshwaugh1) October 15, 2013
Three days ago I lost my childhood friend, Chad Walker, unexpectedly in a car accident. I went to elementary, middle, and high school with Chad and his twin brother, Chase. When I heard about the accident and then of his passing, all I wanted to do was cry.
Through The Years
Growing up with the Walker twins, sports was the thing I remember most about them. Through elementary school, I promise I could have put up a good fight with Chad and Chase in tether ball at Spring Hill Elementary (at least I think I would’ve won).
Through middle school and high school, I remember being in a lot of the same classes with Chad and Chase. As they began focusing on football… which wasn’t my area of expertise… I began to get more involved at my church. From that point on, I supported Chad and Chase as they played football while I continued volunteering at the church.
Once we graduated high school, it became harder and harder to stay in touch with Chad and Chase. I always tried to stay in touch with the guys as much as I could through Facebook.
For whatever reason, I always felt God laying the guys on my heart to be praying for them even throughout college.
Then It Happened
As I was looking at my Facebook newsfeed this past Sunday, it began blowing up with news about Chad, Chase, and Mike.
“Praying for Chad, Chase, and Mike right now.”
“My heart goes out to the Walker twins and Mike. Bad car accident.”
“Chase and Mike are okay, keep praying for Chad.”
I couldn’t help but begin to feel fear, sadness, and helpless as I watched my newsfeed for updates on the health of all three. As the hours and days passed, #TeamChad emerged on Facebook as it came down to the very end with everyone praying their hearts out while Chad put up the fight of his life. Hundreds of people praying for Chad and the Walker family.
Then it happened.
In utter shock and disbelief, I sent four words in a text to my wife with a big lump in my throat.
Chad didn’t make it.
Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People Like Chad?
I’m not going to pretend everything is okay because everything is not okay.
I’m not going to claim I understand because I do not understand.
Just because I am a follower of Jesus Christ does not mean I am immune to emotion, pain, fear, and hurt. And neither are you.
But I believe in a big God. And I believe in a God who said in the Bible…
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
God’s Got It
I cried my eyes out thinking and wishing there was something I could do for the Walker family to help. I’ve been trying to figure out what I could say right now to encourage the Walker family and hundreds of people who lost a dear friend. The only thing I can think of is this…
God’s got it.
In the best of times, God’s got it.
In the worst of times, God’s got it.
When your friend dies unexpectedly, God’s got it.
When you lose a family member unexpectedly, God’s got it.
When it seems like there is no hope left in this world, God’s got it.
I don’t always see it. I don’t always understand it. But I want to encourage everyone…
God’s got it.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
#TeamChadForever Love ya bro. We’re all going to miss you.
A day wasted is a day you’ll never get back…make the most of every day #motivation
— Chad Walker (@C_Talkz89) June 19, 2013