My great-aunt Annabelle passed away in recent weeks. Don’t feel the need to offer condolences, as her journey to be with Jesus took 101 years, so we are overjoyed for her that she is now with her Creator. Our family gathered at her funeral to remember her, and as I listened to her many years of stories, it made me smile. Wow, do I have a lot to learn from those who have blazed the road before me. Aunt Annabelle never married, and dedicated her life to serving her family and her church family. Now, I enjoy my husband so that part of her story isn’t applicable to mine. But her servitude is something to take notes on, model after. She didn’t get her driver’s license until she was 60 years old, and her motivation for earning it was so she could drive kids who didn’t have a ride to and from Bible school. She aided in catering to her family’s needs and shared her recipe for plum pudding (an acquired taste that the Grubb side of my family may or may not have actually liked, but Annabelle believed we all loved it and that’s what matters).
Aunt Annabelle didn’t live a life without turmoil. God doesn’t promise us a life without strife or sadness. Loved ones passed away, things happened, life was hard. But she stayed in her lane and pressed on. She kept serving those she loved and did her Kingdom work. It was simple to her. And I admire that. Sometimes we complicate things and get in our heads, but life can be as simple as just loving our people and doing Jesus work.
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also.
If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
John 12:26 ESV