Use Me, Lord

My grandmother changed my life. Not by teaching me to crochet, although she did do that. Not by showing me how to can fig preserves or roll up cinnamon rolls, but she did that, too.

My life wasn’t changed when she taught me the value of saving pie tins, bits of fabric scraps, Cool Whip cups, the bags from the outside of the newspaper, milk jugs, or even butter tub lids. Grandmother helped to change my life with three little words.

Use me Lord.

For as long as I can remember, my grandmother got up every morning and uttered those three words to God. She usually followed that request with “Let me be useful to somebody today.” As the years progressed, she explained to me that her eyes didn’t work, her legs didn’t work, and her hands only worked part of the time. Then it was all the more important for her to be used by God. Only a God like ours could take someone blind and crippled and do a great work.

And that He did.

Sometimes my grandmother used her resources to help a family pay their light bill or their house payment. Many times God used her to encourage a friend or a family member.

My grandmother was full of free advice and always ready with a listening ear. If you wanted her to keep a secret, she told not a soul. But if you wanted her to share the news, she had most of King Road called before you could hang up the phone.

Grandmother was in her nineties when she purchased the first piano for the grandchild who was a budding musician and paid the way to my first writer’s conference. She proved to me that God uses you until the very end.

Let me point out, Moses was eighty years old when God asked him to go to Pharaoh and request the release of the Israelites. Do you think Moses thought he had already fulfilled his plan for the Lord? He was just getting started.

How about Noah? The Bible says, Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Noah was walking with God and probably thought he had already lived out God’s plan for him when God called him to build the ark. Noah was six hundred when the floods came! God didn’t tell him to order a big boat from the local boat builder; he told Noah to build it with his own hands. Can you imagine a six hundred year old man building a boat?

Wherever you are in your life, God can use you – if you are willing. That is what my grandmother taught me. He can work through you to change the world. As a tribute to the faith of a ninety-four year old lover of the Lord, won’t you join me today as we say, “Use me, Lord”?

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:30-31 NIV

10 Responses to Use Me, Lord
  1. charlierita
    February 11, 2011 | 10:29 am

    thankyou carol for sharing all that you shared about your grandmother, she sounds an amazing lady, her humility before the lord with such simpleness speaks volumes to me and brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. god bless you and yours.

  2. Cheri
    February 11, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    I’ll join you! This brought tears to my eyes girl. Just GOTTA love those grama’s. She sounds like an amazing woman Carol and I know you… therefore I know you will carry on her legacy. You are a beautiful soul if I’ve ever met one.

  3. Kimberly
    February 11, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    Beautiful devotion, Carol! And what a beautiful legacy you have been left! I know you are and will continue to pass on her legacy as you make yourself available to the Lord.

    Love you!

  4. Della Palmer
    February 12, 2011 | 10:11 am

    Thanks for your encouraging words about your
    grandmother. She was an awesome person.
    We should all follow her advice. Thanks

  5. Susan
    February 12, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    Thanks for those great comments about our MOM.

  6. Jerry and Cecilia Jacobs
    February 13, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    Hi Carol, we still miss your grandmother and look at the crochet piece she gave us. It is easy to see that the apple did not fall far from her tree and we hope God will continue to bless you and your family as you show Him through your life.

  7. Kim
    February 15, 2011 | 9:21 am

    Great post Carol! I see a lot of your Grandmother in you. You are used by God in many ways and a blessing to many. Love you!

  8. Gail Barber
    February 17, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Carol you have such a gift of capturing the situation and sharing it. Grandmother was so proud of you. Keep on sharing the stories. We love them and they are so true and so meaningful.
    You are a family Blessing. Thank you!!

  9. Rachel {Mother's Mementos}
    March 2, 2011 | 10:34 pm

    What a beautiful post and tribute to your grandmother! I lost my grandmother this past October, and even in her suffering, she continued to praise the Lord. What gifts our grandmothers were to us and the examples they set before us!

    • Carol
      March 10, 2011 | 11:04 am

      Thanks, Rachel. My grandmother passed in October two years ago. I shared similar words at her funeral. I only hope to leave such a lasting legacy!