As a child, I would go to my grandmother’s home several times a week for breakfast before I left for school. Those are some of the fondest memories I have from my childhood. As I got older, I would go over there every Saturday to spend time with her. We talked, laughed, shared stories – it was something I looked forward to weekly.
It’s been nearly five years since she went home to be with the Lord. I think of her often, and fondly. However, there are times when reflecting that take me right back to the time of her passing. I can recall vividly the loss and grief I felt at that time.
Many today are grieving the losses of loved ones, jobs, dreams, etc. I understand how confusing and hurtful it can be when something or someone is taken from you – but you can overcome it. God is able to restore our souls even if we are experiencing grief and loss.
When I left my grandmother for the last time, I exited the room broken. I was a month out from getting married – we had always talked about her being at my wedding. That would not happen now. Our Saturday get-togethers were over, too. It was one of the most painful experiences I ever encountered. I wasn’t sure how I would get through watching her be buried – until I realized, I wouldn’t have to according to the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:8 which says, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
My grandmother would not be in the ground – she was with the Lord in heaven. This verse still gives me a great deal of peace about it all. That’s not to say I didn’t have doubts. If you find yourself doubtful or confused, I’ll make the same recommendation I make in this blog regularly – get in the Word and you’ll find the answers. He knows exactly what you’re going through.
Sure, I still get sad reminiscing about the times my grandmother and I shard. I look at my son and think how much she would enjoy him. But I smile when thinking of her rejoicing with the Father. Because of His provision, I am certain I will have eternity to enjoy her presence once again.
“God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” –John 3:16
I am at peace with my grandmother’s passing. Grief and loss can be overcome through Him. God is able to teach you how to rest in the midst of the storm. Don’t let your griefs destroy you. Instead, trust in Him when you are weary.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest,” – Matt. 11:28.
No matter what you are facing today, the Savior understands your grief. He knows what you need most when everything seems to be crumbling around you. And even if you feel abandoned, remember, God is always with you.