The sad news I received is that my dear grandmother has died. I must preface the “sad news” part with it being a truly joyful and beautiful occurrence as she knew the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior and she will be with Him forever more – no more pain, suffering or heartache.
At 18 years of age I went over to Nigeria and lived with my grandparents for almost a year. In that time I got to really know this woman I called grandma.
My grandma is an incredible woman – she embodied contentment, faithfulness and love.
She was content to serve alongside the man that she loved in the place that they had been called to serve – they don’t own anything fancy, never enjoyed a cozy retirement or exotic vacations. In fact, she didn’t even have the luxury of an air conditioned home in the midst of the African heat and for ages she didn’t even have basic electricity needs. Something so many think is a basic need she contentedly lived without for the sake of being obedient to where the Lord called them.
My grandma was faithful in her service – in the year I was there I watched her mark thousands of Emmaus Correspondence Courses, write hundreds of thank you notes and pray daily with my grandfather for their family and friends near and far, as well as pray for other missionaries around the world.
As most of you know, Judah, Wesley and I were able to make the trip over to Nigeria this past November. Even back then I knew the details of that trip falling together were orchestrated by God and now I am humbled and so thankful that He directed us there, even at a time where it didn’t make financial sense and when Paul wasn’t able to travel with us.
When I was telling the boys about my grandma dying I started to cry. Judah said to me “But mommy, she’s going to see Jesus and I know Jesus died for me so when I die I’ll go to Heaven and see her and so will you and so will daddy and so will Wesley.”
What sweet words of comfort.
And from 1 Peter 1:3-9;
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in Heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”