Thanks to all of you of sent emails and posts of sympathy over the last week in the loss of my husband's mother. We have appreciated your kind words of support and encouragement during this difficult time.
We explained things as best we could to Gracie just as we did when my husband's grandmother, KK, passed earlier in the year. Surprisingly, Gracie took it well considering two great losses in just a few short months. I explained how God had healed her "grandmudder" (as she so lovingly referred to her) and she was enjoying her new body in heaven with God, Jesus and all of the angels. Gracie has been learning about Elijah in Sunday School and even suggested "grandmudder" was in heaven playing with Elijah (hope Elijah knows how to play tea party, as that was their favorite thing to play!). Then Gracie asked, "Why couldn't God take grandmudder to heaven, heal her, then bring her back down here to us?" What a great question.
How many times have I suggested to God how He should handle a situation for me or solve a problem? If God would only do this, it would make it alot easier. If God would only answer this way, the situation would be solved. Some things can't be explained and some answers won't come to us here on earth. But faith answers all of our questions because we are forced to rely on God's sovereignty. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God and those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
Through the ups and downs of the day, we must have faith to keep on keepin' on, and know God's ways are always higher and greater.