A couple of weeks ago I made a last-minute trip up to Minnesota to see my Grandma. After I was informed she was stopping her dialysis treatment and moving into hospice I was desperate to connect with her one last time. With a little extra push from my hubby I made the 7 hour trip, or 8 hours in this case since I drove through snow on the way up, and got to visit with her a couple of times before I had to head back home to shoot a wedding. (CLICK HERE for the full story about that trip.)
On Friday Grandma took a turn for the worse. My mom called asking me to pray hard because she had gotten the call that Grandma was at her end and, if she wanted to be there to say goodbye, she had to get there right away. With a 45 minute drive ahead of her my mom was desperate for some divine intervention so she could make it in time.
After calling Josh and praying with him and sending a quick text to my small group pleading for prayer, I got on my knees and prayed as hard as I’ve ever prayed. I prayed for my mom to get to Grandma on time but I mostly prayed that God would claim my Grandma as one of His own before she breathed her last. This was a common prayer for me in the last couple of years but never so desperately and fervently
As I prayed God kept talking over me. When I finally was quite for a moment all I heard him say was “Kaia, stop praying for this, I already have her in the palm of my hand. She is one of my own.” My heart soared and I was filled with such peace and hope.
My mom did make it in time that day and my Grandma decided she wasn’t done with life yet.
On Monday, February 25 at around 6:30 am my strong-willed and spunky grandma breathed her last. I awoke at 7:30 am to a voicemail from my dad with that news and my heart was so glad that she was finally safely home and no longer in pain. As I listened through the voicemail I was given this beautiful vision of my white-haired, though obviously healthy, smiling Grandma. It was a smile free of pain and struggle and a face so full of life and peace and love and joy. She truly was so beautiful! I really loved my grandma and my heart grieves that I can’t share and laugh with her anymore but I am so excited to see her again when I get to travel to paradise.
Today I am home in Minnesota again to spend time with my now orphaned mom and help her in any way I can. We have planned the funeral for Tuesday, March 5, 2013 and, by the grace of God, my hubby is able to make it (he is currently on tour with Big Daddy Weave and Chris August so the fact that he can break away is amazing) AND do the music AND my father-in-law so graciously agreed to make the long trek up to the service. God is so good!
Thank you all so much for your prayers, support, and encouragement. We can feel the strength and peace that we are being given from your prayers! You are a blessing!
Oh Kaia, I can’t tell you how much this blog post means to me. It is wonderful to picture her happy and healthy with a twinkle in her eye after seeing her suffer so much. My heart is so much more peaceful. I love you, Mom.
Sorry for your loss sending prayers heavenward