Saturday, October 27, 2007
Simply an Angel
(Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) This morning about 3AM Cabo, Mexico time and about 5AM Georgia, USA time my blackberry started vibrating. I have a strong feeling that heaven started vibrating about 30 minutes earlier when Jessie Mae King, PO Box 1, Reynolds Georgia, made her grand appearance.
I’m not sure how they do it in heaven but I am quite positive a huge celebration began there this morning. I can picture the heavenly choir gathered and the trumpets sounding louder than maybe they have ever sounded. Maybe the door swung open and the huge throng of saints from ages past stood on their feet with loud applause as Jessie Mae King was escorted down the aisle. If my mom and dad were not escorting her I am positive they were very close by.
Jessie Mae King was escorted down to the front row. I know that because my daddy always told me that Jessie may not have had a lot of riches on earth but she would be on the front row in heaven. If I heard that one time, I heard it a thousand times. So I know she is on the front row. And if they hand out rewards in heaven, she is having a difficult time counting them all today. In other words she has received a truck load.
For many years Jessie wore hand me down clothes. Today she is clothed with majesty. For many years she and her family lived in a one room shack. Today she is walking around an indescribable mansion that was prepared for her before the beginning of time.
For most of her life she was a servant. She cooked and cleaned house and help raise other folks’ children. I was one of those children. And so were my children. The Jesus she talked about in almost every sentence that came out of her mouth has looked at her in the eye and said those words that she has been longing to hear: “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”
I think of her every single time I hear the story of Jesus washing his disciple’s feet.
I am reminded that the evidence of love is humility.
For the record, next to my parents, Jessie Mae King impacted my life more than any person I have ever known. She led a very simple life but one of the most profound I have ever known. She was simply an angel.
And I have no idea where I would be if not for this angel.
Our loss is heavens gain.