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We Buried My Grandson, or Did We?

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Sometimes things are difficult to write, this is one of them. Last week we buried my grandson. I never got the childchance to know him. He was here, then he was gone, far too quickly. Before anyone had a chance to coo with him, change a diaper, wonder how long he could keep on crying. He was gone, in quietness. Gone were the great plans. Plans for a great future. Plans for a prolific sports career. Plans for following in his father’s footsteps. Preparations made now become a short memory. Travis Floyd Taylor was laid to rest while those of us left behind stand in wonderment, full of questions and not enough answers. He was God’s creation. After 21 weeks in the womb God took him home. I never got the chance to know him. I never had a chance to get attached to him. No bouncing on my knee, no calls for ” Bumpa”.  But God knew him. He knew him from the moment of conception and even before, laid out a plan for his short life. He was perfect and wonderfully made as only God knows perfect. For such a time as this, God created him. He had a purpose and a mission from God and when that mission was complete, God took him home. No more work to do. Time to enjoy the fullness of God’s grace and glory.God

Questions always abound when one is taken before they can enjoy a full life. But, what is a full life? Is it full of years, growing old or is it living in the fullness of God’s measure, not man’s. Is a full life simply completing your purpose in God’s plan and then being called home where things are infinitely better. Perhaps Travis fulfilled his purpose while still in the womb. Perhaps his life was short and sweet, in impact, to live on in those directly impacted by him, his story to live on and influence those with whom it is shared. God’s plans are not man’s plans, God’s thoughts are not mans thoughts. Perhaps the whole purpose of Travis life was to get the parent’s focus wholly on God, test those around on their full commitment to Christ and His work, to be an object and example of God’s grace and mercy for those that don’t know Christ.

Being mindful that Job lost all he had, including his children, just to show his dependence and commitment to God. Mike and Raven were already being tested, with bridges to cross.  The hospital performs abortions and I assume would, no doubt, make suggestions as well as other non-believers to that effect. The answer was an emphatic no, they would trust God no matter what. Well done good and faithful servants. After a while they had just returned, Mike, Raven and Brenna, from a fun family get-away weekend, one more small family time before the family got a little more crowded, when Raven went to her scheduled OB appointment. Suddenly they are faced with the fact that Travis is no longer with us. And before that can register mom is beset with life threatening complications. As an extended family we hit our knees in prayer and waited. Travis would be still-born on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

Questions, worries, more questions. questionAs only God can do, He spoke a Word, given to a trusted sister, Glynda at WingsofProphecy the next day of which in part, “There are times of stripping away that must take place in the lives of My chosen ones and only I know how to accomplish that which I desire and how to best do it in each of you. ” and “Fear not when people or things are stripped from your lives, but praise Me instead – praise Me that I have a mighty purpose for you and My wisdom is far greater than your own. Praise Me and cling tightly to My hand and I will guide you through this time of great changes in your life.

God has a purpose and a time and a reason. Travis’ legacy will live on. He was created for such a time as this, that his story should be told. That God, in His infinite mercy and grace should use that tiny little man to craft others for the work of Christ through his short little life. It’s how we embrace the message and carry on the work that matters most. Travis is with Jesus now, God determined long ago that he wasn’t going to have to endure the hardships and travails coming on this land. Do you have that faith? Are you free to trust, what ever the circumstance? Is Christ even a part of your life? In these times of uncertainty and unrest, God is in control, His is the purpose that needs to be followed. We are all sinners, but some of us have given that up to Jesus and He is faithful to forgive us for the asking. Have you? Take yourself to Jesus, repent, take up His free gift for you and enjoy the same confidence.

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Author: godsfingers

I'm a musician and worship leader, intent on following wherever God leads and directs me, with His leading's in the Spirit and others bonking me on the head ( hopefully not much of the latter). My life experiences are in blue collar and white collar (engineering) employment, political office, lay ministries, national competition in track and cross country and most importantly marriage and raising a family. God has given me a unique set of skills and character to serve Him and a passion for doing it.

8 thoughts on “We Buried My Grandson, or Did We?

  1. God bless and keep you and yours.

  2. Each day we have no clue unless our Beloved Savior tells us of the next event He will go thru with us …I pity the ones who have heeded the ‘Only the New Testament’ it has all the promises etc for…yet they dig in the Old Testament to gather unto their-selves any that would bring a profit for this world…My heart goes out to the family and all that pertain to an early death…it’s sting is felt far reaching than just the few years when it is new…yet some even choose to walk away from our Lord’s warning even in those times of deep pain…yesterday and today I have heard so many of my own family who has tossed God’s warning to the wind to ‘shower every ones Email, and all other places they can show their true depth of walking with God or not to the extinct we chose will be for our real profit and/or deeper pain’…I speak of those who think it’s of no matter to ‘speak and/or send messages to the dead’…it’s a gut wrenching, tear jerking emotional roller coaster for so many to get wrapped up in…yet our God specifically says ”’DO NOT TALK TO THE DEAD”…but the Internet is full of ‘messages, testimonials to the dead’…..God help us!! Just because we think about them does not mean that memory of missing them or thankful they are not around to torment us as in Hitler etc…but it is so deceptive to get wrapped up in ‘talking to the Dead’…YES those who do this will most assuredly be helped along to go even deeper into the lies and deception of Satan’s draw-string..Jesus said ‘Let the dead bury the dead’….

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family.

    • Thank you. It’s been an interesting ride seeing God’s hand at work.

      • You are so right…”it has been interesting how God works”…amazing…absolutely amazing yet even in your sorrow, and all of us out here, we are given the ‘Cry (prayer) unto God and each thought of the prayers are scriptural….I wish to God many would be still and listen to those Cries we are led to pray! Jesus tells us so tenderly how The Holy Ghost is our Comforter and leads us into all Truth, which is no lie..shows us what he sees and tells what he hears…Dear God that’s awesome…Thank you Jesus for your wonderful Gift!

  4. Bless you Dan, and your family. My prayers are with you all. Little Travis is now with Jesus. I pray you and your family will feel the Lord’s presence at this time …. until He comes!
    Blessings,
    Bonnie

  5. Beautiful testimony. I cried.

    My prayers are with you and the parents of your grandson…

  6. Wow, what a roller-coaster ride of faith. I’ll be praying for the family.

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