Just a wafer-thin boy, barely 6 or 7 years old, it’s hard to remember when he went to his mom, Sister Marilynn Gazowsky, who was working on her papers. “I just had a dream,” the boy said, “where everybody was caught up to the sky and I was left alone.” Sister Marilynn looked at her son, put her strong arm around him and said, “You’re blessed if God gave you that kind of a dream because it means you’re really special to Him.”
As a little boy he knew that his mom was also very special because every time they went to a large meeting she was always on the stage, either speaking to the audience or leading the choir. Sister Marilynn was once sitting in a stadium with over 20,000 people, when the main speaker got up to the microphone and the first thing he said was, “I see that my good friend Sister Marilynn is here.” The little boy beside her was shocked when 20,000 heads turned to look at his mom. “My mom sure is special to everyone,” the little boy contemplated.
This kind of thing happened so often in his life that as he grew the older boy realized if he didn’t want to be seen he would not sit by his mom, because she was recognized everywhere she went. It was like a spotlight was on her all the time. After he had grown more mature, the young man realized that this spotlight was actually the favor of God, and as a man he was facing choices and decisions about how he would spend his career.
His mom wanted him to follow in her footsteps, but this seemed too big of a hurdle for him to cross. He thought his chances of being a successful minister in the city of San Francisco were nearly impossible. But Sister Marilynn had done something that changed the young man’s life forever. She taught him to pray and talk to God ~ and that’s what makes someone special.
It was the greatest lesson he could’ve ever learned, because he later chose to follow his mother’s pathway and pastor the church she founded in San Francisco. And that decision is something the young man has had to face every day of his life since. While Sister Marilynn has now gone to be with Jesus, he suddenly finds himself alone with that important decision. He is still saying, “Can I follow you, mom?”