Covenant Lines

Bill Iverson

READ : Luke 24:28-53

I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22)

My son Bill blindly extolled my fatherly virtues. He was wild about animals, and I showed interest in his owls, alligators, raccoons, and lizards; I loved his dogs, and sometimes even his cats. Billy’s menagerie sparked the hope to be a veterinarian, leading him into bio-chemistry. Eventually he got into the business of engineering safe drinking water.

Daniel Iverson Jr.—my older brother—was a Marine Corps pilot, a hero of the World War II Battle of Midway who was killed later in the war while on a training mission. An airplane in his memory was given for missionary use in the Congo. During the bloody rebellion there in the 1960s, Dan’s plane was used to evacuate many missionary families. One of those rescued was an eight-year-old girl named Liz Carper, the great-granddaughter of the famous evangelist R.A. Torrey. Liz’s life was saved by that plane, together with the lives of the other members of her missionary family. Liz grew up and went to college, where she met Daniel Iverson’s nephew, our son Bill.

Covenant lines providentially intertwine. Bill married Liz; much later Bill went to Sri Lanka, where his skills helped bring clean water to a tsunami-ravaged city. God moves in mysterious ways!


Lord, we praise you for all the ways of Providence.