Grandchildren are the crowning glory and ultimate delight of old age, and parents are the pride of their children. (VOICE)
Jessica means ‘the Lord’s gift’ and we, too, were overjoyed she was coming into our family! Our church in Kihei, Maui celebrated the excitement, too, in throwing a baby shower for this Grammy to send gifts to our first grandchild. I opened them while sharing the excitement with the expectant Mommy by phone. A flight attendant in our church later took the boxed items with her and mailed them from her destination on the Mainland.
We finally saw beautiful Jessica when she was a month old. What joy! Sadly, though, Jessi’s Mommy and Daddy divorced when she was five years old. We then had little contact with her but earnest prayer continued.
One year I was a teacher component of a team of educators chosen to represent the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. At the private school we visited, seniors were required to make a public speech before graduating. I was amazed to listen to a young lady saying, “My parents were divorced when I was young and I have not had the opportunity to establish a relationship with my Dad. After graduation, my biggest desire is to find my Dad and to get to know him in a deep and meaningful way!” She was designed by God to speak on that particular day on this particular subject that instilled hope.
Years later, that speech still resounded in my heart. Last summer after high school, Jessi reconnected with us all and we celebrated our first Thanksgiving together. This summer she moved here to be with her Dad, step-mom and family.
We often have entrenched, negative events in our lives that weigh us down. At times we wonder if God really is at work in these situations. Does He care about these heavy burdens we carry? Yes, He is at work when He seems so distant. This may take travail and intercession. He does delight in giving us answers. “…We can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good!” Romans 8:28 (MSG)
Remind me, God, of the saying ‘tears are a language You understand’. Your perfect will in all of life’s situations are designed with your ultimate goals at work. Therefore I will praise and trust You!