|A visit with Gramma Peanut after our annual Apple Orchard trip in Fall 2013|
During her funeral service, one of Ron's cousins showed a video that was a compilation of pictures of Gramma and Grandpa, along with the story of their courtship and early family years, told by Gramma. This was to be a video gift to this cousin's father for Christmas; it turned out to be a gift for the entire family. It was so touching to hear her voice again. Gramma was known for saying some of the same phrases repeatedly, and the entire room chuckled when one of them was said during the video. One of those phrases was "Right hand to God!" She loved God and prayed daily, but she always felt the need to clarify for us when she was being as honest and candid as she could possibly be. The other phrase I heard from her, probably every single time I visited with her was, "God put me on this earth to have babies." This always rang true when she said it--and she often said it to me--because I think that was one of the intimate connections we had. She would tell me what a good mom I was and what a good dad my husband was, each time we visited. Her family meant everything to her! One of the last quotes in the video was "God put me on this earth to have babies", and right hand to God, she fulfilled her purpose and walked that path.
I've spent much of my adult life seeking to know--to fully understand--the purpose for which God put me on this earth. So often I think I get carried away with making it deeper than it really is. I had a lightening bolt revelation the night after Gramma's funeral, thinking about purpose. My life verse, that I cling to regularly is:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all of your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5,6I was thinking about Gramma's heartfelt declaration that she was put on this earth by God to have babies. She believed with all of her heart that her greatest purpose was to be a mama. That was reflected in how she lived her life from the early years of her marriage, and I believe all who knew her would agree. If you were to seek to know what path her life took, you would see that she followed down the path of being a loving, involved, and possibly doting mama. She was that kind of grandma and great-grandma as well. Her path was clear to all who knew her: being a wife and mama was number one. Her path was her purpose. Eureka! There it is! This is what God showed me: it is the same thing! Right away I thought of my life verse, and realized just how simple it is to know what God's purpose for my life is. And without a doubt, it will be revealed to me as I continue on my journey with Him, day after day after day!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all of your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your purpose straight.* (He will make your purpose clear!)
*word changed for emphasis
**I am having Coffee For Your Heart with my friend Holley Gerth today