8 yrs ago my phone rang and I had one of those gut-feelings that something was wrong. See, my Pop had passed away. I was 8 months pregnant with Charlotte. I could tell you exactly what I was wearing and where I was and how I reacted. It's been 8 years but it feels like yesterday. Pop was, well, a rock for me. He would get on the floor with his grandchildren. He would swing them in his arms. He loved my Granny fiercely. He loved his family fiercely. He was kind. He was gentle. And I know he prayed for me when I was wandering from God's best for me. He would light up when family was around. He would always give a proper send-off when family departed. He always walked outside to wave goodbye when anyone was leaving. He would stand in the driveway and wave until we were gone. It was his thing. I. miss. it. like. crazy. So on March 15th, 2005 I "waved" goodbye to Pop as he departed this world and entered eternity with Jesus. Grief and joy at the same time.
2 years ago I had the opportunity to stand in my driveway and wave goodbye to some dear friends in Pop-like fashion as they ended their journey in Georgia to start a new one in Panama City, Panama. Tony, Lisa and the Amstutz C crew have a very significant place in my heart. We were enriched by their presence and blessed by their brotherly love. Grief and joy at the same time.
I rejoice that Pop is with his Savior. I rejoice that my friends are where God would have them be, growing together in the Lord.
I also waved my sister out of my driveway today while pondering all of these things. And any day I see my sister is significant. ;-)
I hope you will praise the Lord for His significant involvement in your life. Whether you're in a time of grief or joy or even both at the same time, God is worthy of all our praise!