Jackson was born into what many in Kenya would consider the “lap of luxury.” His father was a wealthy owner of land and a fleet of cars, and when Jackson was old enough he became one of his drivers, earning $20 a day—a very nice sum by local standards. He then married and fathered several children.
But Jackson wanted to live the carefree, fast-lane lifestyle of a single man, and cruising the streets for long hours each day afforded him many opportunities to be unfaithful to his wife. What Jackson didn’t know, however, that his life was headed for a crash.
The collapse of Jackson’s world began with the death of his father. Seeing an opportunity for greedy gain, Jackson’s uncles conspired to destroy their deceased brother’s family so they could claim his wealth for themselves.
Two of Jackson’s brothers were killed. Another was conveniently deemed mentally unstable (thereby nullifying his claim to the inheritance). They came for Jackson next, threatening him with a similar fate. When Jackson didn’t cooperate, a serious automobile “accident” was arranged, resulting in the death of his passenger and a severe injury to Jackson’s left leg. Next, during what promised to be a long hospital recovery, his unrelenting uncles (in mafia-movie fashion) paid doctors to finish him off.
God had his hand of mercy on Jackson, however, using compassionate nurses to alert him to his uncles’ diabolical plan. They then secretly orchestrated his getaway through a back door, saving his life.
Knowing he had to go on the run—and having to tend to an ever-worsening leg injury—Jackson journeyed to a distant village where he’d heard his estranged wife had fled with their children. He hoped she might have mercy on him, especially in his current condition, but she refused his plea for help, citing his infidelity-filled past. It was her turn to abandon him—and having never paid the customary dowry for her before their wedding years earlier, his father-in-law had already given his daughter permission to seek a new husband. It seemed the only ones who cared if Jackson lived or died were his uncles, and they decidedly wanted the latter—a fate Jackson realized was inevitable as he watched his leg slowly decompose each day. His crash was complete.
The Lord again intervened, this time connecting Jackson with a group of Christians from a local clinic. When they learned about his lame leg, they arranged for it to be amputated in order to save his life. After a successful surgery, Jackson felt drawn to attend meetings held by his new friends. Now humbled and receptive, the message of the gospel penetrated his heart, and Jackson gave his life to Christ!
Jackson’s life then began anew. His Christian friends contacted Heaven’s Family and arranged for Jackson to receive an artificial leg, a blessing provided by gifts to the Disabilities Ministry. While waiting for the leg to be made and fitted, Jackson had to shuffle with difficulty on one leg using a walking stick, causing the strap on the sandal on his right foot to eventually break. Having time to think, he fabricated a large needle from the spoke of an old bicycle wheel and used it to fix his sandal.
Witnessing the craftsmanship he used for the repair, Jackson’s neighbors began paying him to mend their broken shoes. He now earns $2 a day running his own business, and he’s thankful to God for being able to start a new career with just one leg.
But God wasn’t finished yet. Jackson was then reunited with his wife and children after she’d heard about the change in his heart, and soon she gave her heart to the Lord as well. (Jackson even decided to do things right by his father-in-law, paying him a $250 dowry for her.) Jackson now realizes that it’s not living in the fast lane that’s really important in life, but living in right relationship with God, his wife and his children. He’s found the secret to living in “God’s lap of luxury”—both in this life and for eternity.