Even in Death

Earlier this week I posted on FB "Death has a way of making you come face to face with your issues...then telling you to get over it." On Sunday, March 1st, my grandmother passed away. What grieved me the most was the lies I allowed the enemy to plant in my head and grow, lies that my presence was not important to my family. Belief in those lies caused me to always make excuses for why I couldn't attend family gatherings and coming up with reasons not to just stop in and say hello. Even the week before she died, I went to see her but only for a few minutes because the lie was now deeply embedded in my heart that my presence wasn't important.

Friends, life is so precious. The enemy wants all of us to believe we don't matter and that people really don't love us like they say they do. Truth is, HE doesn't matter and HIS presence is never welcomed. There are people in this world who love us and enjoy our presence. The spirit of God lives in us and that automatically makes us welcomed wherever we go. God may give us the right words to say to a family member or bring the right meal to someone who just wants to fellowship.

As we prepare to bury my grandmother in a couple of days, I've purposed in my heart not to let any more moments slip past me. In my sorrow, the Lord ministered to me by simply saying "but you're here now." I will no longer allow the enemy's lies to control the way I live my life. The love, peace and presence of God is meant to be shared because that kind of love cannot be contained. It has been "shed abroad in our hearts." (Romans 5:5 KJV) Let us not forget the love, fellowship and wisdom being poured back into us, like the time she looked at me when I was 14 and said "You're gonna make somebody a good wife one day because you like to help people."  YES!!! I'm going to let THAT truth take root, sprout up and grow!

I'll miss her stories, her spunk, and her zeal. I'll even miss hearing her make a fuss. Even in death, she is still teaching me! Rest in glory Grandma Lula.


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