I planned to watch the oscars last night. I planned to work out after they ended. I planned to announce the winner from my last blog post today. I planned to go to work, and enjoy the spring weather this week.
God planned differently.
Last night at my in-laws house, we were eating pizza and getting ready to watch the Oscars when I got that phone call. The phone call that makes you put your hand over your mouth and makes your heart sink to your stomach. There is no worse feeling than knowing you are 1200 miles away, and you can do absolutely nothing to change that phone call. My grandpa “Pa” went to be with Jesus last night. I know few people who love the Lord as much as my Pa did. Nearly every person that met him would hear (whether they wanted to or not) about Jesus, and how he loved Him. My grandma “Mimi” is the same way, and I wish so badly my family was in New Jersey to hug her last night. We’ll be flying out for the funeral this week, and the only thing that makes the past 24 hours seem remotely bearable is that I know 110% that my Pa is in Heaven with my Jesus, and probably telling Him jokes right about now.
God’s Plan Vs. Mine:
I wrote Mimi a letter last week, just to catch her up on our lives since they’re so far away. I don’t get to write her very often, but of all the weeks I could have written her – it was last week. I told her Andrew & I were getting ready to go rent house hunting, and we were getting more and more excited to get a puppy in the fall. I told her we were praying for her and Pa, and to give Pa a hug for me. I told her we missed and loved them. Today, the morning after Pa passed away, I got her letter back in the mail. (God’s plan.) She told me they pray for us often, and how exciting it will be to get a puppy and house. She told me about their cocker spaniel they had when Dad was growing up. And the last few lines of her letter said this:
“Please pray for us. Life gets hard, but God is still in charge. We are still singing His praises. He is such a faithful friend. Always love Him and trust Him and serve Him. Our Love & Prayers, Mimi.”
Please pray for my sweet Mimi, and for all of my family the next few weeks.
“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” -2 Corinthians 5:8-
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:17-18-
God’s plan always wins. And I’m so grateful He’s in charge.