Nearly a month ago, as my work day was coming to an end, I got a call that no one wants to receive. Through the earpiece of my phone my crying mother said, “Dawn, you need to come home. Mom-Mom is dying, she only has a few more days to live, and she wants to speak with all of her grandchildren tonight.” Without thinking, my immediate response was, “I’ll be there, I’m leaving here in just a few minutes.”
Despite having just visited my grandmother the weekend before, I had to go, I had to see my grandmother, I had to be there for my mother…I had to be an adult and face the difficult challenge of death once again. When I arrived at the hospital, I felt like I was on the set of Soul Food…my entire family was gathered in the halls of the hospital and despite our tears and emotions, my grandmother was offering her final words of wisdom to everyone and unlike me, she was very much at peace with the situation.
A month later, I’m happy to say that I didn’t face death that night, and death still hasn’t knocked on my grandmother’s door. No, she’s alive, kicking, and amazingly getting stronger each day. Interestingly, my oldest nephew declared on that challenging day a month ago that he had faith and believed that Mom-Mom was going to get better. Well…out of the mouth of this child we were reminded that nothing happens until God says so!
I don’t know what my grandmother’s fate is…she may have just a few days left here with us, or she may have a few years, I really don’t know and am afraid to guess, but I do know this, God has not said it’s her time yet! When I visited her last week, she shared with me that the Lord had brought her a mighty long way, and this same thought rings true in each of our lives. Whether we choose to admit it or not, there are areas in each of our lives that have been on life support a time or two. It could have been our marriage, our finances, our children, our health, our job, our academic achievements, our home, or our anything! All of us have been down so low in something that we were certain death was inevitable, but in that moment, somewhere deep down on the inside we had just enough faith to whisper, “I’ve got faith and I believe my life is going to get better”! This is my conviction this year, not just for me, but for everyone who is connected to me, my family, my friends, my coworkers, and even my haters! We’ve got faith and life is going to get better for all of us!
This chapter of my grandmother’s life story has reminded me that God truly has the final say! Many of us (including me) get a bit too confident, and think that things happen in this life because of what we’ve done or who we are, but it doesn’t matter what anyone says or does, God does what He wants, when He wants, and there’s nothing we can do about it! So, I’m gonna keep on visiting my grandmother and enjoying the time I get to share with her until God says it’s time for her to come home and rest with Him eternally because nothing in this life happens until God Says So!
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” -James 4: 13-15