Saturday, November 5, 2016

We Praise Him in This Storm

My grandmother told me the following story a few months ago (around Lily's birthday this year) for the first time... On the morning of Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, she received the anticipated call, telling her I was in labor, only to learn with the next breath that Lily Katherine had gone on to be with the Lord. She had to drive somewhere shortly after hearing this news, and it was then she heard the Casting Crowns song, "Praise You In This Storm" for the first time on the radio. She said she pulled over and was crying and praying and felt the Lord comforting her with His sovereignty.

I shared this photo a few days ago, but didn't know the whole story, so am sharing it again. :)

On October 31st, it was the last day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and I'd posted something here on my blog about a sunset reflection. Her first great-granddaughter was heavy on her heart and in her thoughts. She "happened" to be driving on that same road and a gorgeous, breathtaking sunset greeted her in almost the exact same spot she listened to that song on Lily's birthday. She pulled over to watch it unfold across the Virginia sky, with Humpback Rock in the distance. Yet again, she was reminded of the Lord's love and the promise of knowing He is in control and has a plan beyond what we can now see.

"And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm"
-Casting Crowns

I'm glad she shared that story with me and will hold it in my heart. I like (for lack of a better word) to hear the perspective of each friend and family member that remembers Lily's day of birth. I was in my own world that day and want to know everything I can about that day from everyone.


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