Emily Edwards

I have wonderful memories of my Granny. She was kindhearted, loved her family, always taking care of others and she believed in reading her Bible and talking with the Lord. 

When we would come to visit we could look forward to a good home cooked meal. For us girls, if your hair was down when you came it would be in pigtails (with the straightest part you have ever seen) when you left. Each time we left we’d say, “See you tomorrow.” She would respond, “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” 

My Granny was a wealth of information about life, genealogy, and the Bible. She left a forever impression on my life even though I didn’t have her in my life very long. 

The saying “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise” is familiar to many. My understanding of it was that Granny would see us tomorrow if the Lord allowed her to live.  

James 4: 13-15, the Bible says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make profit.’ Why, do you not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes. Instead, you should say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”

She believed Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

She didn’t want to do anything that the Lord didn’t want her to do. My Granny was a good role model and after her death I heard many people say she was “a fine Christian woman.” 

In the first few minutes of a TV program recently I heard one character say, “The best legacy a person can leave behind is the people whose lives they touched.” It made me think of my Granny. 

She touched so many lives. There are still people today that tell me how much they loved her.  She wasn’t trying to be rich or famous. She was just one person doing her best to live the way she believed the Lord wanted her to live. She didn’t try to compete with anyone. She would have helped anyone in any way she could. That’s an amazing legacy. 

It makes me think about my life. What is it saying? The greatest message will be spoken by your life. Not your lips. 

Am I putting my faith in God and making decisions based on what would best glorify Him? 

A death in my family a few years ago really brought home the reality. Our choices are so important. The things we focus on and strive for are what make up our lives. The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy. I have witnessed this in the life of someone I loved. 

I know he gave his heart and life to Jesus. Somewhere along the way the devil came in. People don’t usually just open the door for the devil and say “come on in.” He sneaks in.  

Christians are called to stand in the gap. We are supposed to pray for those under attack. Let me tell you, there were a lot of people praying. No matter how bad you want to make someone change; no matter how hard you pray and try to intervene in their life, if they do not want to change, they won’t. God isn’t going to force himself on you. It is a choice you have to make.  

You can make good choices or bad choices. You can follow Christ or the devil. 

There are people left with broken hearts today because of bad choices. The good news is that even through tragedy God can move. There can be a purpose in death if it brings others closer to Christ. God had a plan and a purpose for his life. I hope that others can see the path his choices took him on and it will lead them to make better choices.  Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll work to spread the gospel and bring others to Jesus.

How about you? What is your life saying?

Emily Edwards is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at eedwards@southeastsun.com.

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