Sunday, November 14, 2010

In All of Her Glory

Fall, beautiful fall, on fire with beauty.
I know I am absolutely driving my kids bonkers as I point out the exact hue of each and every tree that catches my eye. I have definitely become a full-fledged "old person" as I ooh and ahh at the oaks and elms on every street of our town. This year's foliage has been absolutely stunning though. Has there ever been a prettier fall season? While watching the trees closely the last few days, I was thinking how funny it is that God gave their ravishing beauty directly before they shed their leaves and become bare. Only God could do something so surprising, so gorgeous, so blessed! It's sad that the beauty will go, but such a gift of God, one we can enjoy and savor.

And God is working His magic in another area too... He is allowing my granny to glow like the yellows and reds and oranges that are lining our streets. She is granny in her full beauty... so precious and bursting with the Spirit of God. Inevitably she, like the rest of us, will shed her leaves, but before she does, she is truly glorious, attracting attention whereever she is.

And that whereever she is is.... right now.... a nursing home. After 99 years of living, and living independently, she needs constant help. She is not able to put any weight on her leg yet, so the rehab wing of the nursing home is her temporary home. It's surely to be a tough adjustment, but my beautiful granny doens't complain. She smiles. She says witty things. She hurts, to be sure, but her attitude is no-doubt a testimony to her faith in God.

You may have read what I put on Facebook when she was still in the hospital . After singing "How Great Thou Art" from her hospital bed, she declared, "My God is so great, and He is so good to me." Then she quipped, "Put that on Facebook!" Yesterday, while talking to my mom about the challenge of becoming mobile again, she said, "If Jesus can walk on water, I know God can help me walk again!" I walked in her room a couple days while she was sleeping. Her eyes popped open "Annie!" she exclaimed. "Is anyone here with you?" she asked. "No just me," I answered." She smiled lightly and said, "Just you and the Lord!" One night, I ran by to see her. She wasn't feeling well, but I wheeled her down to the assembly room where a gospel band was singing "He Touched Me," and "Oh How I Love Jesus." I watched as she raised her hands in faith to her Father, and tears rolled down my cheeks as a I did the same.

Sometimes, my sister and I talk about how hard it is to see Granny hurting, living in the nursing home and for things to be so different than they were before. We wonder if it would be better if she could just go to the place that she's longed to be for most of her life... in heaven with Jesus. But I think her work here isn't quite done yet... God's making her a colorful and stunning testament to His goodness and mercy. Praise Him!

6 Wonderful Responses:

momof4kr said...

This post is as beautiful as the colors of Autumn. What a perfect analogy! I have a tear rolling down my cheek as I type this ~ your Granny is an example of who I want to be...for the JOY of the LORD is her STRENGTH! (Neh 8:10)

Baloney said...

I love your relationship with your Granny. It is exactly the way families are supposed to be. Through your posts she has become an inspiration to me.
I am cracking up that she knows what Facebook is. My grandparents don't have a clue!

Heather Keith said...

Oh my Annie, my tears are falling as I read your post. I wish I could be there with her! Thanks for sharing!

Dawn said...

I am bawling as I read this.

I love your granny and I've never "met" her.

This makes me miss my grandmother so much.

Thank you for sharing your granny with us and her love of Christ. Truly inspiring.

Rena said...

Oh Annie! Emotion overwhelms me as I read about your Granny. I feel His Presence now just sharing in your story. What an amazing testimony!! Granny needs a facebook! Imagine the people she could reach!!!

Shannon said...

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” I think Granny must have very beautiful feet. What a lady...what a post!