SEEING GOD MORE CLEARLY – Insight from a Nonagenarian

January 8, 2012

Mom reading at 94 yrs. of age

My husband Jorge and I returned to Northeastern Ohio to live after 27 years in Argentina and 1 year in Puerto Rico, partly to live with my parents and help them out; they were nonagenarians at the time. (Nonagenarian: somebody 90-99 years old) By that time, Mom’s mind was not clear; she was 94. She had dementia and very often confused people, dates, and places. She didn’t know who we were most of the time; even so, she enjoyed reading. Mom was an avid reader since her childhood, and to the end of her life here on earth, she would often sit at the kitchen table with a magnifying glass, reading her Bible or a favorite book. Sometimes I would read to her. On one of those occasions, she suddenly had a few moments of clarity and remarked: “I think sometimes God takes things away from us in order to have us see Him more clearly.”

Mom was right; loss isn’t always a bad thing. At the time she made that statement, she had lost her independence; she lost her ability to even dress herself; she lost many of her family members who passed on to eternity; she no longer enjoyed her mobility. Macular degeneration took its toll on her vision, and if she didn’t have her hearing aids in she couldn’t understand us even if we shouted. Her coherent mind was a thing of the past. She had a lot taken from her… but she was OK with that, because she saw God clearer!

Job agreed. After all the loss he suffered, coupled with tremendous physical pain and accusing friends, he was in the restoration process when he declared to God: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.” (Job 42:5) Sometimes when God takes something away from us, it paves the way for a clearer vision of Him, His work in and around us, as well as His love for us.

Don’t think loss is always bad. When God takes something away from you, be on the lookout! It might well be that He wants you to see Him more clearly. And that is good!

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“THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD HAS TAKEN AWAY”

March 15, 2010

The year 2007 was unusual for us. That year, God gave, and He took away. Like Job, who worshiped God with these words after learning of his total loss, we also said “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord”. (Job 1:21).

Jehiel

On March 15, 2007, God gave. He gave us our first grandson, Jehiel. What a blessing! We always heard others say how much fun grandparenting, and now, three years later, we can confirm it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEHIEL!   

On June 9, 2007, God took away. At 95 years of age, Mom left us, to be with Him. Her life was a blessing to many people, and even now, there’s not a day that passes that I don’t remember something she said or did. I am thankful for her example in many areas, and for having had a Godly mom!

God took away on September 26, 2007, too. That’s the day we were all shocked by Dad’s sudden passing away. Although he was 94, he was “94 years young” like one of his granddaughters expressed. His mind was very clear, and everyone who knew him had an interesting story to tell about him. I thank God for the influence Dad had on me in so many ways!

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

Yes, Job was right. He declared an eternal truth when he said that God gives and God takes away. I remember that truth every time I see little Jehiel. He is living proof of God’s goodness. God always gives. While it’s true that He takes away, it’s also a fact that He is the giver of good things. He never takes away and leaves us with nothing. In the Bible, we read: “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:16,17)

So when it seems that God takes something away from you, remember what James says: He doesn’t change, AND He also gives good gifts. Jehiel is proof enough for me!


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