It’s fitting that this flavor of the month is relationships and I have the opportunity to share a powerful post about a very important relationship. This past month my grandmother, Rosa, went home to be with the Lord. Praise the Lord for her life as a parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent! Her love, wisdom, guidance, encouragement, kindness, compassion, and determination are just a few characteristics of this amazing woman of God. In my world, she holds the greatest legacy I’ve ever known.
Next to my wife, I haven’t had a bigger champion in my life. My Granny or ‘OG’ – the original grandma, as we began to call her upon the birth of her great-grandchildren held a matriarch presence in our family. The Word tells us children are a wonderful inheritance, a reward, so to see multiple generations is a tremendous gift the Lord bestowed upon her. I believe God honored her in that way because she honored Him, first things first!
She overcame many obstacles simply because she sought God first, chased after the Lord, ‘just run on behind Him’ she would say often.
When I reflect on her life journey, the body of work, it’s supernaturally wonderful and can only be attributed to the work of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was her time to enter Glory to be in the presence of our King and I have no doubt that she was welcomed with a ‘well done, good and faithful servant’ greeting.
The Bible tells us that there is a time for everything, a time to be born and a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3). He is the Potter and we are the clay (Isaiah 64:8, Romans 9:20-21).
If I can leave half the legacy she leaves behind, I’ll be all right. She was a twin whose mother passed away when they were 3 years old and was raised by their aunt. My grandmother had three children and my dad was her firstborn at seventeen years of age. As a single parent for many years, she went on to work many jobs while putting herself through school to earn undergraduate and master’s degrees. She was a tremendous teacher, who specialized in special education, and emphasized the importance of education for all. The odds she overcame to achieve so much is nothing short of miraculous. She often praised God for His provision, stating, “I never had a bill I couldn’t pay.” She recognized at an early age the importance of stewardship.
I’m so grateful for her life as a living testimony in my life that inspires and encourages me in so many ways. I will miss our weekly conversations on Sundays and on my drive home after work in the evenings. I was very fortunate to have spent a couple weeks with her over the past month or so of her life. The intimate conversations and instructions she gave me I will hold dearly and carry out throughout my life until I see her again in heaven. Take the time to assess the overflow of blessings in your life expressed in places, challenges, opportunities, situations, and people, especially relationships. Pour out!