So, for those of you that know me personally probably know the people who are closest to me. Today marks 1 year since I lost my grandmother, Minnie Carpenter, and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced. It seems like just a couple weeks ago I was sitting at her house with her watching “Family Feud.” Maybe even sitting on her porch with her and playing a game called “Color Car” that she and I would make up to pass the time. I still remember the last day that I spoke to her.
Words can’t describe the pain and sadness that I felt that day whenever I left her hospital room to go back to school. I even remember seeing my brothers name on my phone and knowing that whenever I answered the phone I would get the news that my grandmother had passed away.
These are all moments that will stick with me forever, but the great moments that I had surpass the bad, by far. God tells us that there is hope and that He will end all sadness. I know now that I don’t need to be sad because where she is she is happy. I have hope to see her again one day when I see God in heaven. These verses are why I have this hope. The hope God gives brings us hope and peace in the worst and best of times.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
This verse shows us who God is. He is the light in the darkness of this world. He is the flame in the night that burns to lead our path. He is the delight at the end of the tunnel that we run toward for hope. It is amazing how sometimes we can be so blind to this light when we are surrounded by such darkness. God’s light will never be put out or dimmed by anything or anyone. His light is hope for our salvation.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16
These 3 verses show us another reason we have hope. We don’t lose the faith because we have not yet seen what God has for us. We go through trials and tribulations on earth, but we have unseen glory waiting for us in heaven. We won’t see these glories until we are finally home. We will see these things when we make it to the land God has promised to us.
I leave you with this: find hope in the Lord, for He is mighty and undefeated but yet He loves us unconditionally. He will be by our side in the darkest of times, and He will never let us down. If you haven’t put your hope in God, then today could be that day. I have hope to see God, my grandmother, and all those that have gone before me. So, trust God and never lose heart again.
In Loving Memory of Minnie “Nanny” Carpenter