*My sweet grandma turned 88 this month. She spends her days in the nursing home here in town.
She waits for the Lord to bring her home.
For years she told me that she would leave this earth *at the age of 86.
Her recent birthday will mark the two year anniversary of her miscalculation.
I think she wonders what God’s plan is for keeping her here so long.
Something I don’t understand myself.
But, I’m selfish. I’m happy I still get to see her.
She’s in pain most days and know that when Jesus calls her home, she will have the strength she cannot find on this earth.
She will be reuinited with her son, that died before his time.
She will get to hold the love of her life, my grandfather, who passed over 20 years ago.
A good man, who I think about often and miss very much.
But a birthday is to be celebrated! No matter if we understand the unexpected year freely given or not!
She has lived a full life and I cannot count the number of reasons I praise God for her every day.
She’s my grandma. She’s part of me. She’s the reason I am the things that I love about myself.
When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she replied without hesitation.
“Pizza and salad!”
“Oh, and I want some crystal hair clips, too.”
Pizza and hair clips it is then!
The week before her birthday my sister and I went to visit her. As we were walking down the hall to her room, we talked about how we just didn’t understand why God was keeping her around. We just can’t understand her staying on this earth in pain and sitting in her chair all day, every day. As we entered her room, we woke her gently shaking her arm. She looked up and said, “You want to know why God is keeping me around? He’ll tell you why in Psalm 92.”
It was hard to keep my composure. The timing was divine and I had chills from head to toe with the thought that God is so amazing and loving that He would be willing to answer my questions so personally and amazingly. We came home and immediaitely looked up the passage. It’s a beautiful song of praise that ends with this verse.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. ” Psaml 92:14-15
*The links back to old posts about my grandmother have missing pictures. I’m sorry about that! If you’d like to read more about her, she’s amazing and just look past the ridiculous image issue I had with Blogger last year. One of these days, I will try to re-upload some of them.
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